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Clearing up common misconceptions about the HCQIA

Even after 20 years, the federal Health Care Quality Improvement Act of 1986 (HCQIA) is a source of consternation among credentialers and medical staff professionals. A high number of preventable errors, coupled with an increased amount of corporate negligence lawsuits against hospitals in recent years, have forced healthcare providers to be more rigorous in taking corrective action to remain in compliance under HCQIA regulations.