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Michael Callahan Quoted on Voluntary and Paid Proctors

Firm News | July 2016

Health Care partner Michael Callahan was quoted in HCPro's Medical Staff Briefing on the use of proctors to assess physician competency. Michael notes that the type of facility, be it a large medical center or a small community hospital, will impact whether or the resources are readily available to forgo paying proctors. He also notes that the larger issue lies in who is chosen to serve as a proctor, stating, "First you need to find out, can someone volunteer who we feel comfortable with? As opposed to paying someone who I don't have much of an opinion of, who I don't think will do the job, but now is incentivized by pay and is willing to proctor. Am I going to trust in anything he does? If you know someone would be a good volunteer, you could go to them and ask them to do it, and if they ask for something in return, that is okay." Michael also suggests that even if state bylaws allow for it, it is not a good idea to force physicians to serve as proctors. Clearly defining the role of the proctor, as well as providing indemnification, is critical to finding successful proctors. Michael explained, "There has to be some clear understanding about it so the proctor can make a decision whether he wants to do it or not. Some people won't take it on even if they get paid." ("Are Voluntary Proctors a Thing of the Past?," July 2016)

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