April 1, 2018
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Legal Risks Abound in Peer Review; Good Process Required
Peer review is vital for ensuring quality care and compliance with standards, but it also brings a wide range of legal liability risks. Adopting the right peer review policies and procedures is only a start; one also must ensure that all parties are following them to the letter.
Four Rules to Follow in Peer Review
Hospitals can avoid legal liability in the peer review process by following four fundamental “do’s and don’ts,” says Karen Owens, JD, an attorney with Coppersmith Brockelman in Phoenix.
Fair Hearing Process Can Require Outside Help
Exactly when an “investigation” begins under hospital bylaws can be crucial in the peer review process, says John C. Ivins Jr., JD, partner with the Hirschler Fleischer law firm in Richmond, VA.
Avoid ‘Hypothetically’ and Lounge Gossip
People can let their guard down in the doctors’ lounge and chat about what they’ve seen in records or what the peer review committee is considering. That’s a very bad move, says Christopher Metzler, PhD, chief growth officer and CEO of FHWFit, a global healthcare conglomerate in Washington, DC.
Strict Safety Briefings Reduce CAUTIs, CLABSIs, and Falls
Daily safety briefings are not a new concept, of course, but Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis (TN), a flagship hospital for Baptist Memorial Healthcare System, found a way to make them particularly effective.
CAUTIs More Expensive Than Previously Thought
Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) generally are thought to cost hospitals about $1,000 each, but new research suggests the actual cost may be much higher.
CHI Goes to Data to Improve Quality and Safety
The nation’s third-largest nonprofit healthcare system realized double-digit improvement in several key quality and safety measures in just 12 months by starting with its data.