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POPULAR Referendum on HCQIA (pronounced: Hick Wah)

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"Medical Peer Review" is a process for evaluating the professional work of physicians. It began as part of various efforts to weed incompetent doctors from the medical profession. Congress strengthened that oversight by enacting the "Health Care Quality Improvement Act". Because of HCQIA, doctors evaluating colleagues through adequate peer review cannot have any judgment for money entered against them based on damages their participation in the process arguably caused. However, HCQIA is sometimes used, "not to improve the quality of medical care, but to leave a doctor who was unfairly treated without any viable remedy." An attorney isolated three (3) reasons for medical peer review in his experience. In his view they are used: [1]. by economic competitors for financial reasons; [2]. in retaliation against the physician for not 'playing ball' in one manner or another (economic or otherwise); or [3]. in retaliation for the physician raising concerns about other physicians' care and seeking to have those providers' outcomes reviewed. So individual physicians as well as their patients and potential patients must ponder whether immunity through HCQIA does more harm than good. What do you think: Should doctors pay money for the harm they cause if they do a bad job evaluating other doctors


Power Over Poverty Under Laws of America Restored (POPULAR) is an association of public interest attorneys and law school graduates, also known as Juris Doctors or Doctors of Jurisprudence, committed to helping poor and other disadvantaged people access affordable and competent legal representation, appropriate judicial oversight, and important civil and criminal justice system reforms. The nonprofit corporation is advised by a board of lay community leaders. POPULAR questions the arguable tension between federal law and quality patient care in its referendum on the Health Care Quality Improvement Act. Visit www.popular4people.org to learn of and support other POPULAR initiatives. Help tear down the Wall of Poverty at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/popular4people/


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