AHLA Peer Review Guidebook


By American Health Lawyers Association

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Since its inception the Peer Review Hearing Guidebook has become a popular go-to source for counsel, Hearing Officers and other parties with a stake in the review process. Secure the latest edition now and be sure you are completely up to date on:

  • New Joint Commission Standards, particularly MS.01.01.01 medical staff bylaw requirements
  • The latest case citations
  • Whether physicians employed or contracted with the hospital should serve on hearing panels
  • The right of practitioners to be represented by legal counsel during investigations
  • Collaborative processes for selecting hearing panel members
  • Bylaw provisions limiting the duration of hearings
  • Use of electronic medical records in hearings

    Comprehensive coverage includes:

  • NEW Fifty state survey
  • An introduction to the applicable laws, including the federal Health Care Quality Improvement Act of 1986 (HCQIA)
  • A step-by-step road map for hearing implementation of a successful peer review hearing process
  • The need for proper preparation and the important role of Medical Staff Bylaws
  • Who is entitled to a hearing
  • What effect does summary action by the entity have on the process
  • The role of the hearing officer; using an attorney as a hearing officer
  • Selection and role of the hearing committee
  • Pre-hearing discovery; various evidentiary standards of proof
  • The importance of a hearing record
  • Preparation of the final report for the Governing Committee

    Step-by-step Guidance and Practical Tools

    This indispensable Guidebook discusses not only the legal issues involved in peer review hearings, but also on the practical steps that can be taken to improve the peer review and hearing processes. Practice aids include:

  • A Fair Hearing and Appellate Review Plan
  • An investigation report
  • Letters to the affected practitioners
  • A Hearing Officer checklist
  • AHLA Peer Review Guidebook