External Peer Review: When and How

While EPR is used for a broad range of purposes, it typically is thought of as the review of a medical record for individual cases in which concerns have been raised regarding the quality or appropriateness of care. This review can be based on concerns regarding adverse outcomes, the appropriateness of procedures or treatments, or the use of resources.

EPR should be driven by a clear medical staff policy. Once the decision is made to consider EPR, follow the medical staff bylaws, peer review policy, and any other related medical staff policies.

This white paper focus primarily on the use of EPR for case reviews. It provides key strategies to help your organization develop clear, practical policies and processes for obtaining and using EPR evaluations.

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