External Peer Review Network

ICAHN members work together to help ensure that the quality of patient care delivered is at the highest level by utilizing their own internal provider peer review process. However, when critical access hospitals need to enhance or strengthen their own internal programs, ICAHN provides the opportunity to use the services of its External Peer Review Network.

ICAHN's External Peer Review Network assists member hospitals with:

  • Improving the quality of care provided by the medical staff
  • Monitoring the performance of the medical staff
  • Identifying areas for performance improvement

The EPRN process is especially useful when a member hospital's internal peer review process has concluded:

  • There is a conflict of interest for available reviewers
  • That available reviewers do not have the clinical expertise necessary for peer review
  • That ambiguous or conflicting findings are present
  • There is a lack of strong consensus for a finding

Prior to participating in the external peer review process, hospitals must sign the ICAHN External Peer Review Network Agreement and HIPAA Business Associate Contract Addendum. An external peer review will be completed by a member of a panel of provider reviewers.

Panel members are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Active medical staff status at an ICAHN member hospital
  • One year of rural provider experience
  • Letter of nomination/recommendation from hospital CEO
  • Completed application verifying credentials, data bank requirements and contact information

For more information, contact Holly Lendy, Support Services Coordinator, at (815) 875-2999 or email her at hlendy@icahn.org.

For the EPRN Document library, click here.