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Highlights of 2011, SSI Annual Meeting

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Semmelweis Society International, Inc. (SSI) is a Tennessee non-profit corporation that was inspired by the late Verner Waite M.D., F.A.C.S., who founded a similar organization in California in 1986. SSI is actively engaged in an effort to end the "sham peer review" of medical professionals, nurses, and physicians when they are wrongfully accused of acts that could result in the loss of their clinical privileges. Presently, SSI is compiling a repository of peer review case law from each federal circuit and state to assist practitioners and their legal counsels in effectively fighting the well-funded hospitals and health systems which foster bad-faith peer review in the pursuit of eliminating economic competitors, whistleblowers, and those physicians disagreeing with administrative policies and the politically unpopular. A similar educational initiative aimed at state and federal legislators are being formulated to address the egregious loopholes in the present peer review system allowed under the dubious Healthcare Quality Improvement Act of 1986 (HCQIA - pronounced "HICK-WA"), §42 U.S.C.11101 et. seq. Legislative change, wherein physicians are allowed simple fundamental fairness and due process in the peer review system, is the goal of the SSI's efforts. All donations are appreciated and will be utilized exclusively for charitable purposes.

 

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