Sham Peer Review: The Power of Immunity and The Abuse of Trust
In his new book "SHAM PEER REVIEW: The Power of Immunity and The Abuse of Trust," Denver attorney and author Gregory Piche' offers several effective ways to bypass the current system known as the Medical Peer Review. This is an informative, provocative and timely book for an enormous profession that shadows American life, offering valuable insights for anyone working in today's healthcare industry.
As an attorney, Gregory Piche' is well versed in the Peer Review process, having spent many years representing both hospitals and physicians. He realized early on that many of the proceedings he participated in were often initiated in bad faith resulting from hospital politics or economic competition.
Using his own case histories and sources from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BNA Healthcare Reporter and a number of healthcare listservs, Piche' has put together a collection of interesting and turbulent peer reviews that found their way into American courts for further review and interpretation.
Sham Peer Review is an informative read, chock full of interesting peer review cases and their outcomes. It also delves into the American judicial system and its general unwillingness to overturn the peer review apple cart, unsteady as it is.
Physicians, hospitalists and dentists need to understand the facts of life related to the peer review process and how it can endanger and derail a career in medicine. The book points out several sham peer reviews that negatively branded good doctors for life, even though they were unfairly tried by their peers. It is also a warning for entrenched physicians, committees and hospital board members claiming immunity that if they don't play fair, there can be legal and financial consequences.
Piche' offers several effective ways to bypass the current system known as the Medical Peer Review, favoring rehabilitation, retraining, and independent evaluations to dilute the adversarial sham influences caused by ego, power and money that seem to dominate the profession.
Sham Peer Review: The Power of Immunity and The Abuse of Trust informs, entertains and enlightens.
It is available in print or eBook at Amazon.com and other online stores.
- Gregory Piche', April 2012
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