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Risk Management Guide: Peer Review

PEER REVIEW Peer review promotes quality improvement and patient safety initiatives for medical offices. Purpose of Peer Review The medical peer-review privilege exists to protect information generated or acquired in peer-review committee investigations from discovery or trial proceedings. The peer-review privilege affords professionals protection so that they may review charts or procedures and make sure that:
  • the actions the healthcare professionals took were within the standard of care, or
  • look to ways as to how the quality of care could be improved.
The peer-review process can occur in hospitals, physicians’ offices, or surgery centers. Every state has a peer-review statute that protects information to a certain degree. Not all states…

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