A Legislative History of Pub. L. 99-660
By: Bernard D. Reams, Jr.
Prior to 1986, a doctor disciplined by state licensing boards, hospitals, or medical societies was often able to resume the practice of medicine by voluntary resignation in return for the hospital’s silence regarding the sanction, or by the threat of litigation if the hospital attempted to impose sanctions or a colleague attempted to report malfeasance. Congress enacted the Health Care Quality Improvement Act in 1986 in an effort to encourage more stringent peer review by doctors and hospitals, and to protect reporting physicians and individuals from retaliatory lawsuits. The Act also extends limited immunity to doctors and hospitals engaging in good faith peer review and reporting from damages sought by censured physicians.
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Published: Buffalo; William S. Hein & Co., Inc.; 1990