Committed To High Quality Care
With a strong commitment to excellence in patient-focused care in local communities, the South East Rural Physician Alliance (SERPA) developed and implemented the Peer Review program in 2000. Largely a result of a proactive stance in meeting federal guidelines and regulations, and a firm belief in the importance of cost-effective, high quality care, SERPA’s Peer Review program is educational rather than punitive in nature. It is designed specifically for use in hospitals and is now used successfully by more than 18 hospitals in rural Nebraska.
Reviews By Rural Physicians
Physicians with an understanding about the operation of rural hospitals and healthcare delivery systems are in the best position to review other rural physicians. That’s why the SERPA Peer Reviewers are rural physicians thoroughly familiar with peer review methodology and techniques.
SERPA peer reviews are confidential. Charts are double-blinded and confidentiality of communications, medical records, and peer review opinions is maintained at all times. Double-blinding also helps to ensure an accurate and unbiased review. Release of the protected healthcare information has been accepted under the new HIPPA regulations, if the information is used for providing peer review only.
Focused On Specific Criteria
Quality assurance staff from rural hospitals identified the criteria for SERPA Peer Reviews. If no charts meet the specific criteria, other charts may be selected for general review.
Charts selected are reviewed for:
Additional questions include:
Equivalent Entity Status
SERPA peer review information was submitted to the HCFA Region VII for review to see if SERPA could be accepted as an “equivalent entity” under the 42CFR 485.641(b)(4)(ii) . The response was affirmative as of December 2000 on the State of Nebraska letterhead.
For more information on the SERPA Peer Review program, contact us today.