The Healthcare Quality Improvement Act: The Quest for Immunity in Your Peer Review Process

Live Webinar

  • 60 minutes

The Federal Health Care Quality Improvement Act of 1986 (HCQIA) was passed by Congress partially in response to Patrick v. Burget, et al., but also in response to what was perceived to be a tremendous malpractice crisis in the country. Medical malpractice lawsuits were rising significantly during the years leading up to the passage of the Act. It was claimed that physicians with a history of malpractice suits could move easily from state to state with no mechanism of interstate reporting available.

The substantial rise in the number of malpractice suits during the 1970s and 1980s created what has been referred to as the “malpractice crisis.” In fact, the number of malpractice cases filed during the period ending in 1987 was more than "the entire previous history of American tort law."

The HCQIA was designed to address two problems that were considered endemic to the medical community: honest peer review by physicians and the ability of practitioners to move from hospital to hospital and state to state without any record of their previous misdeeds.

Join this session with our expert William Mack Copeland where he will guide you on how the courts interpret the mandate in the HCQIA that the action was taken "in the reasonable belief that the action was in the furtherance of quality health care.

Session Highlights:

  • The Health Care Quality Improvement Act.

  • The legislative history of the Health Care Quality Improvement Act and the intent of Congress

  • Immunity under the Health Care Quality Improvement Act

  • Standards required to achieve immunity under the Health Care Quality Improvement Act

  • Review of the Health Care Quality Improvement Act by the courts

Why you should attend:

In this training program, attendees will gain an understanding of how the HCQIA protects your organization and on those who participate in the peer review process in your organization. They will also gain an appreciation of the actions that are required to perfect HCQIA immunity. Failure to take the appropriate actions and to follow the correct protocol can result in confusion.

Who should attend:

  • Hospital executives, particularly those involved with medical staff activities

  • Medical staff officers

  • Physicians who serve on peer review committees

  • Medical staff support staff

  • Attorneys representing medical staffs

*You may ask your Question directly to our expert during the Q&A session.

** You can buy On-Demand and view it at your convenience.

William Mack  Copeland

William Mack Copeland

William Mack Copeland, MS, JD, PhD, LFACHE, practices health care law in Cincinnati at the firm of Copeland Law, LLC. He is also president of Executive & Managerial Development Group, a consulting entity providing compliance and other fraud and abuse related services. A graduate of Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Bill is a frequent author and speaker on health law topics. Copeland is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, American, Ohio and Cincinnati Bar Associations and is a life fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. A former hospital chief executive officer, he was awarded the American College of Health Care Executives Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award in 2007.

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