Medical Peer Review measure clears House Committee
January 27, 2018
FRANKFORT, Ky. — The House Health and Family Services Committee gave clearance to confidential medical peer review panels Thursday. While testifying, Wuchner, R-Florence, defined the issue of peer review as a health care issue and not simply a legal liability issue – as it is widely considered.
“Implementing peer review panels in Kentucky is about advancing knowledge and the best practices in health care for everyone’s benefit,” said Wuchner, who chairs the House Health and Family Services Committee.
Currently in Kentucky, health care providers do not have confidential peer review protection – making it one of only two states nationwide where this is the case. Medical peer review is an industry wide practice allowing health care professionals to openly, honestly and candidly discuss their performances with colleagues and to learn from their own experiences.
“While sharing information and case review among medical professionals, the ultimate goal of peer review is to improve patient care and to develop the best practices and improve health outcomes for all Kentuckians,” added Wuchner. “Protecting this process is critical to ensure discussions remain effective.”