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Michael Callahan Quoted in "Utilizing Proctors for Competency Evaluations" White Paper

Firm News | March 2016

Health Care partner Michael Callahan was interviewed by HCPro on the use of proctors to assess physician competency for their white paper, Utilizing Proctors for Competency Evaluations. Michael notes the challenges for organizations looking to implementing proctoring as a means of "moving away from the blame game and looking more into processes that led up to these outcomes, as well as individual actions and responsibility," with the goal of improving quality of care. Of particular note are considerations regarding National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) reporting. Michael states, "If a surgeon can't do anything unless someone else is there and available to proctor, and that’s more than 30 days, their action is reportable." He also notes that the NPDB is accepting feedback, which could affect how proctoring is interpreted in the future. ("Utilizing Proctors for Competency Evaluations," March 2016)

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