Please join Dr. Robert J. Marder, an expert on all aspects of peer review, for Taking Peer Review from Punitive to Positive: Creating a Physician Performance Improvement Culture, a live webcast presentation on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). This program will define peer review culture and demonstrate the value of a performance improvement-focused culture. Dr. Marder will then advise on the steps you can take to change your physicians’ mindset on the peer review process and improve your organization’s peer review culture. A live Q&A will follow the presentation.
This webcast is great for MSPs, directors of medical staff services, medical staff leaders, department chairs, medical executive committee members, peer review committee members, and quality committee members. HCPro is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, and Dr. Marder’s presentation has been designated for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ . The program is also pending approval by the National Association Medical Staff Services (NAMSS) for up to 1 continuing education unit.
For more information or to register for the live webcast on March 12, please visit http://www.hcmarketplace.com.
In the November issue of Medical Staff Briefing, we discuss peer review documentation and the importance of creating comprehensive records for peer review files. This includes documenting informal or collegial meetings with physicians, according to Joanne P. Hopkins, JD, a health law attorney based in Austin, Texas. Records of these interactions serve the purpose of establishing trends in physician performance and behavior, and may also be required as evidence in the event of a peer review hearing.
Hopkins, who presented on the importance of documentation in peer review and hearing preparation at the 2012 NAMSS conference in San Francisco last month, provided several examples of correspondence between the practitioner and the peer review committee following a meeting. These letters should include specific details about the meeting and any follow-up actions. See the attached document for Hopkins’ examples.