Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Signs of a Sham Peer Review

As you may realize, the hospital peer review process is not perfect, and it tends to tilt against the physician.  This in and by itself is not the end of the story.  Once a physician is subjected to a disciplinary action, such is reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank.  The physician's career will be in great jeopardy, and may very well end.  Of course, you would think that, if a hospital, Medical Executive Committee, has such huge powers, there should be firm checks and balances.  Unfortunately, the process has serious shortcomings, and physicians have been victimized by it.  I read a very interesting article titled "Twelve Signs of Sham Peer Review" (I have no connection with the law firm)


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