Douglas A. Hastings; Legal Issues Raised by Private Review Activities of Medical Peer-Review Organizations. J Health Polit Policy Law 1 April 1983; 8 (2): 293–313. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/03616878-8-2-293
Increasingly, medical peer-review organizations are entering into contracts with insurance companies and self-insured employers to conduct utilization reviews and quality-of-care assessments. Such private review activities raise new legal issues, requiring analysis of state law as well as federal law. This paper analyzes several of the most important of these legal issues, and suggests some directions for peer-review organizations to take in order to avoid unnecessary legal problems.