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Challenges in OPPE Implementation

In 2007, the Joint Commission created Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation (OPPE) as a standard. It seemed fairly straightforward at the time: Using an objective process and data, hospitals need to evaluate the competency of all practitioners to exercise their granted privileges and this must be done every six to nine months. Typically, this role has been delegated to the organized medical staff as part of their peer review and credentialing responsibilities. Hospitals and medical staffs across the country have struggled to create a robust and effective process to fulfill this requirement. Some hospitals have specifically changed their accrediting bodies based on these types of requirements. This article will examine why it has been so difficult and suggest some general strategies to overcome this hurdle.
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