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Incorporating Joint Commission OPPE into a Hospital-Wide Quality Improvement Program

The Joint Commission and other accrediting bodies and payers have established more stringent guidelines for the ongoing evaluation of the professional practice quality of each medical staff member, across all departments and services. Called Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation, the program features six core areas measuring a practitioner's clinical and behavioral competence. As regulations and medical practice in general have become more complex—and data have become more plentiful—having a positive dialogue regarding the specifics of a physician's practice as part of the organization's quality improvement program has become more challenging, writes contributor Richard Bankowitz, MD.
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