Distance Learning

Conducting Peer Review Under PSQIA Protection

Time: 2:00-3:30 PM Eastern (90 minutes)
Session Format: Live Webinar
CLE Credit Available:  Yes


This Webinar will  discuss the statutory and regulatory framework that supports using Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act (PSQIA) protection for professional peer review, and will address the impact of emerging case law on those protections.  In addition, we will provide real-world examples of how peer review is being protected successfully under the PSQIA, and offer practical “dos and don’ts” for providers seeking to use PSQIA protection for professional peer review.

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

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Content Lead:

  • Medical Staff, Credentialing, and Peer Review Practice Group

​Robin Locke Nagele (Moderator)

Principal & Co-Chair

Health Care Practice Group
Post & Schell PC
Philadelphia, PA

Peggy Binzer, JD.

Executive Director

Alliance for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

Evelyn Baram Clothier, Ph.G, JD.

Executive Director

American Medical Foundation for Peer Review and Education

Evelyn Baram-Clothier, a pharmacologist and attorney, has been involved in legal medicine and peer review since 1971.  Until 1986, she was the Executive Director for a group of 250 physician attorneys who acted as a national malpractice-screening panel, which became the first national consulting firm in medical staff peer review.  In the field of medical litigation, she was the managing partner of a law practice of physician-attorneys and was consultant and co-counsel to some of the nation’s leading trial lawyers until 1985.   
In response to the enactment of HCQIA in 1986, she partnered with Dr. Richard Wilbur, the Executive Vice President of the Counsel of Medical Specialty Societies, to form the American Medical Foundation for Peer Review & Education (AMF), a 501-C3 non-profit national foundation, devoted to hospital and medical staff peer review and onsite physician education through its Division, The Foundation for Advanced Medical Education (FAME).  

Evelyn Baram-Clothier has extensive experience in the design and implementation of peer review in virtually every specialty of medicine and surgery.  She administers practice reviews of individual physicians, specialty departments and helps to create hospital-wide systemic improvements with medical staff leadership to effectively address complex peer review issues. Working with many different medical and surgical specialists, she has improved the quality of care through peer review in thousands of hospitals nationwide.  AMF is the only non- profit organization experienced in the unique problems of academic institutions, such as department reorganization and the complex attending and residency issues.

She has been responsible for the peer review of catheterization laboratories, major cardiac surgical and other surgical services, emergency departments, pathology and radiology departments and other service lines hospital wide. She has assisted hospitals and attorneys in various investigations involving Medicare issues and OIG related matters. AMF has served as the Institutional Review Organization for a hospital under a Corporate Integrity Agreement.

She has chaired several national programs on hospital administration and liability, peer review, malpractice and medical products liability and preventive law, for ALI-ABA, and is a life member of the American Law Institute. She is AV rated with Martindale-Hubbell.  

She chaired the first "Anglo-American Conference on Medical Standards, Peer Review, Audit and Accountability” for the Royal Society of Medicine London 1990. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and for many years was Vice President of its Foundation.

She is a Fellow of the  American Academy of Forensic Sciences, was Chairman of its General Section and Program Chairman: "The Second Gun," Forensic Examination into the Death of Robert F. Kennedy; sponsored by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Chicago 1975.

She was Chairman: of the first  "National Conference on Medical Devices and Drugs." in March 26, 27, 1976 , during the formation of the Bureau of Medical Devices and became the Consumer Representative for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Bureau of Medical Devices: Neurological Device Classification Panel, 1978-1981.

In 1985, she was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to be the United States Delegate to the International Conference on Drug Abuse and Illicit trafficking in Vienna.

Recent Lectures

(Complete list upon request)

Keynote Speaker: The Federation of State Medical Boards 100th Anniversary Meeting, the Bryant Galusha Lecture, “The Benefits of Telementoring on Post Graduate Physician Education, Patient Outcomes and Patient Safety, April 28th 2012.
Keynote Address: “Telementoring and Post Graduate Physician Education”, the Annual Meeting of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, November 19, 2012.
Presentation at the 3rd International Conference on Transforming Healthcare and IT Meeting, Hyderabad, India, “The Benefits of Telementoring on Post Graduate Physician Education, Patient Safety and Patient Outcomes”, August 2012.
Presentation to the Medical and Surgical Staff, Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India.  The Benefits of Telementoring on Post Graduate Physician Education, Patient Safety and Patient Outcomes”, September 2012.

(Complete list upon request)
"Multiple Drug Therapy-Is There a Standard of Care? Journal of Legal Medicine, . 1977,.
"Multiple Drug Therapy- Is There a Standard of Care?" The Influence of Litigation of Medical     Practice, Royal Society of Medicine, London, May 1977
"Peer review in the USA-an old concept and a new method" International Congress and Symposium Series Medical Audit and Accountability, Royal Society of Medicine Service Limited, London, New York, 1992.
.“The Society of Thoracic Surgeons/American Association for Thoracic Surgery Off-Pump     Training Program”  Richard P. Anderson, MD, Meghan Carey, MSW, Evelyn Baram-    Clothier, JD, Michael J. Mack, MD, and Bruce W. Lytle, MD.  The Annals of Thoracic     Surgery, 2005.
Siegle, Robert L, Baram, Evelyn M, Reuter, Stewart, R, Clarke, Ewell A, Lancaster, Jack L., McMahan, C Alex: Rates of disagreement in imaging interpretation in a group of community hospitals. Acad. Radiol., 1998; 5:148-154
Merritt C, Baram-Clothier E: Image interpretation discrepancy rates measured by external peer review. Presented at Meetings of the American College of Radiology (2010) and the Amer¬i¬can Roent¬gen Ray Soci¬ety in (2011) Publication Pending
Anderson, Richard P, Carey, Meghan, Baram-Clothier, Evelyn, Mack, Michael J, Lytle, Bruce W: The Society of Thoracic Surgeons/American Association for Thoracic Surgery Off-Pump Training Program. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, accepted for publication, 2005

Eisenhauer A, Cutlip D, Baram-Clothier E: Making Peer Review Painless. Cath Lab Digest, June 2013; 21(6):10-14
Baram-Clothier E. Editor: Surgical Telementoring News. 2015
Nguyen N, Okrainec A, Anvari M, Smith B, Meireles O, Gee D, Moran-Atkin E, Baram-Clothier E, Camacho D: Sleeve gastrectomy telementoring: a SAGES multi-institutional quality improvement initiative, Surg Endosc, July 2017; 1-6

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