When our hospital corporation decided to establish an external peer review program to facilitate external peer review for our hospitals, we looked for a Quality Improvement Organization with a competent panel of physicians who were well-trained in the principles of proper peer review, and who represented a broad range of specialties. We also wanted an organization with proven processes, including internal quality review as well as one with a reputation for good customer service. We found all of those qualities in CIMRO.
CEOs have so much pressure on them in these smaller settings and it’s a fine line for them to make the numbers and yet enforce standards as they should. The concept that quality comes first is now instilled in them and they’re working hard to elevate their standards. When I speak to medical staffs, one of the major points I make is that peer review is not punitive; so often physicians become incensed that someone else is telling them they should have done things differently. Our medical education system and legal system has done little to foster change. Thanks again…