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Medical Peer Review in Washington

        The state of Washington protects information provided to medical peer review committees.  Health care providers or other practitioners who submit data to a peer review committee cannot be held liable for providing this information.  Information provided to a peer review committee is confidential.  However, this information may be exchanged among peer review committees, quality assurance committees, and quality improvement programs, but must comply with HIPAA privacy and confidentiality regulations.1  Terminations or suspensions of practitioners’ privileges must be recorded and reported by hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers.2

        There are certain other instances in which a provider’s performance information cannot be publicly disclosed.  This includes records from a physician impairment program, complaints regarding health professional discipline, and performance data submitted to disease specific registries.3

 

Footnotes

  • 1. Wash. Rev. Code §4.24.250
  • 2. Wash. Rev. Code §70.41.210; Wash. Rev. Code §70.41.220; Wash. Rev. Code §70.230.120; Wash. Rev. Code §70.230.130
  • 3. Wash. Rev. Code §42.56.360

 

Medical Peer Review in Washington

Subtopic Statute/Regulation Description
Medical Peer Review Wash. Rev. code § 4.24.260 Health Professionals Making Reports Health professionals are immune from liability that may arise from making good faith allegations to a...
Wash. Rev. Code § 4.24.250 Health care provider filing charges or presenting evidence — Immunity — Information sharing. Health care providers that submit...
Wash. Rev. Code § 42.56.360 Health care Washington’s public records act prohibits disclosure of the following health care information:      ...
Wash. Rev. Code § 70.230.080 Coordinated quality improvement — Rules All ambulatory surgical facilities must implement a “coordinated quality improvement program...
Wash. Rev. Code § 70.230.120 Reports — Discipline of a health care provider for unprofessional conduct — Penalties Ambulatory surgical facility administrators must...
Wash. Rev. Code § 70.230.130 Written records — Decisions to restrict or terminate privileges of practitioners — Penalties Ambulatory surgical facilities must maintain...
Wash. Rev. Code § 70.41.200 Quality improvement and medical malpractice prevention program — Quality improvement committee — Sanction and grievance procedures...
Wash. Rev. Code § 70.41.210 Duty to report restrictions on health care practitioners' privileges based on unprofessional conduct — Penalty Hospital administrators must...
Wash. Rev. Code § 70.41.220 Duty to keep records of restrictions on practitioners' privileges — Penalty Hospitals must maintain records regarding the restriction or...