Peer Review Committee Essentials Handbook, Second Edition

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Peer Review Committee Essentials Handbook, Second Edition

What does effective peer review look like? Get the answers with Peer Review Committee Essentials Handbook, Second Edition. This book compares and contrasts the traditional and contemporary definitions of peer review and offers strategies to initiate focused professional practice evaluation. The second edition breaks down the three main participating groups in the peer review process—the peer review coordinator, the physician reviewer, and the committee member/chair—providing the guidelines and knowledge needed to be a valuable peer reviewer. 

This book offers a unique look at peer review, specifically regarding case review. Offering efficient, focused, and improvement-oriented practices for coordinators, physicians, and peer review committee members, the handbook can help participants understand the flow of peer review and how they must work together to perform their roles effectively.

The Peer Review Committee Essentials Handbook outlines the peer review process from case identification to reviewer assignment, initial case rating and justification, obtaining physician input, committee decision, and communication and follow-up. It’s conveniently sold in packs of five to hand out to all committee members.

This book will help you:

  • Educate coordinators, physician reviewers, and committee members on efficient and effective peer review practices
  • Orient new peer review committee members on best practices
  • Teach peer review participants how to be an asset throughout the process
  • Outline ethical and legal issues of discoverability, conflict of interest, and confidentiality
  • Select and analyze physician performance measures


Published: April 2019

Page count: 80
Dimensions: 8.5” X 11”
ISBN: 978-1-68308-954-4

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Functions, Accountabilities, and Culture of Peer Review

Chapter 2: Ethical and Legal Issues: Discoverability, Immunity, and Conflict of Interest

Chapter 3: Case Review Process Overview and Selecting Fair Case Review Indicators and Criteria

Chapter 4: Case Review Initiation: A Coordinator’s Guide for Efficient Case Review

Chapter 5: Physician Review and Initial Case Rating: A Physician Reviewer’s Guide for Focused Case Review

Chapter 6: Committee Case Completion and Follow-Up: A Committee Member and Chair’s Guide to Improvement-Oriented Case Review

Chapter 7: Selecting and Analyzing Physician Performance Measures for OPPE            

Chapter 8: FPPE for Performance Improvement and Corrective Action

About the Author

Robert J. Marder, MD, is president of Robert J. Marder Consulting. Marder brings more than 30 years of healthcare leadership, management, and consulting experience to his work with physicians, hospitals, and healthcare organizations nationwide. A highly respected speaker, consultant, and author, he has helped hundreds of hospital medical staffs evaluate and improve their approach to peer review and physician performance measurement. Marder previously served as vice president for medical affairs at Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago, and as medical director for quality management and assistant vice president for quality management at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago. He began his full-time involvement in performance improvement in 1988 as the national project director for clinical indicator development and use at The Joint Commission. Marder is a board-certified pathologist, and he is the former assistant director of laboratories and former director of the clinical immunology laboratory at Chicago-based Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois-Champaign and his medical degree from Rush Medical College.