Credentialing & Privileging | 10.12.20
Pennsylvania Supreme Court to Address Whether Peer Review Privilege Applies to Hospital Credentialing
Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced it would address whether the Pennsylvania Peer Review Protection Act (PRPA) protects documents in hospital credentialing files. Given the need for both forthright information from peer physicians and the danger that such feedback could be later misused in medical malpractice actions, this decision stands to greatly impact how hospitals in the state conduct crucial credentialing and re-credentialing activities. Enacted in 1974, the PRPA contains definitions as to "peer review" and "review organizations" that govern the Act. The PRPA defines "peer review" as "the procedure for evaluation by professional healthcare providers of the quality and efficiency of services ordered or performed by other professional healthcare providers." It defines "review organizations" as “any committee engaging in peer review."
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