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Peer review in the hospital setting is an activity that raises liability and litigation concerns to an ever-increasing degree. In the presence of specified triggers, incorporating external peer review into hospital practitioner performance evaluations can effectively improve the quality of the review process and limit litigation risk.
Risk of conflict presents a very real threat to the success and credibility of any organization, and the potential for conflict of interest (COI) is inherent in any organization. In simplest terms, a COI exists when a set of circumstances creates a risk that professional judgment or actions regarding a primary interest will be unduly influenced by a secondary interest. Managing COI is an essential component of maintaining quality and integrity.
Providing safe and effective patient care remains an uphill battle for many hospitals, as they face the challenges of uncovering and dealing with problematic areas in an educational context while at the same time holding providers accountable for their actions. If not managed properly, peer review can lead to a breakdown in a hospital’s physician performance improvement program and quality management system, jeopardizing patient safety and increasing the hospital’s risk. Unfortunately, many organizations face ongoing challenges to establishing an effective peer review process.
Hospitals continually face the challenge of monitoring and evaluating the quality of care that their practitioners provide. Peer review has long been regarded as an essential component of safe and effective patient care, but the process often suffers due to lack of internal expertise, conflicts of interest, heavy workloads, and unclear or inconsistent standards.