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HS450: Unit 7: Health Policy and Regulation – Discussion Topic 1: The Health Care Quality Improvement Act (HCQIA) of 1986 addressed two major issues, one of which is to identify incompetent physicians. The Human Resources department and the Medical Staff should take what steps to ensure that physician applicants are properly screened and routinely credentialed? The Health Care Quality Improvement Act of 1986 (HCQIA). According to the Congressional Record, the HCQIA was designed to address two problems that were considered endemic to the medical community: honest peer review by physicians and the ability of practitioners to move from hospital to hospital and state to state without any record of their previous misdeeds. The Congressional Record is very specific about the purpose of the HCQIA. It states that the purpose is “to improve the quality of medical care by encouraging physicians to identify and discipline other physicians who are incompetent or who engage in unprofessional behavior.” The statute itself notes that Congress found that the increasing occurrence of medical malpractice and the need to improve the quality of medical care have become nationwide problems that warrant greater efforts than those that can be undertaken by any individual State,” and that these problems “can be remedied through effective professional peer review.” To further

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