The Peer Review Clinic

The “peer review” world is changing dramatically – and for the better!  Whether the issue is clinical quality, conduct, health, or utilization, it is possible to create an effective process that achieves the two major goals of peer review:  patient safety and physician success.

Through interactive presentations, real-life case studies, videos, and supplemental forms and materials, the Peer Review Clinic provides participants with practical, experience-tested tips and tools that permit them to transform their processes when they get back home.

Dates and Locations

November 15 - 17, 2018
The Westin St. Francis
San Francisco, CA

Timeless yet modern, The Westin St. Francis Union Square has a vibrant, iconic destination in San Francisco. It is the only San Francisco hotel directly located on Union Square, with cable cars stopping just outside the hotel doors.

All of the city’s best shopping, theatre, nightlife and dining options are just steps away, and the hotel is only a short walk from the Financial District, Chinatown and Moscone Convention Center.

January 24 - 26, 2019
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
Naples, Florida

Enjoy the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Naples, located on the Platinum Coast along the Gulf of Mexico. Stroll along the miles of white sandy beach, relax in the hotel’s beautiful new spa, play tennis, or enjoy a round of golf at Tiburon, the Ritz-Carlton’s Greg Norman-designed 18-hole course.

March 7 - 9, 2019
Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort
Orlando, FL

Delight in the formal grace of a grand New England-style yacht club at this lakeside hotel. Relax in the inviting elegance of a plush lobby replete with nautical touches, explore the whimsical Stormalong Bay and rent a variety of watercraft from Bayside Marina. Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort is walking distance to Epcot and a convenient boat ride to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

April 11 - 13, 2019
The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
New Orleans, LA

Located right on Canal Street at the edge of the French Quarter, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans is an easy walk from countless restaurants and shops. Join us during the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival – the best time of year to visit New Orleans!

Highlighted Topics

After decades of ineffective, inefficient, and resented peer review, a new day has dawned for many Medical Staffs! Whether the issue is clinical quality, conduct, health, or utilization, it is actually possible to:

  1. Create new processes that achieve the two major goals of peer review: enhancing patient safety/quality of care and promoting physician success, and
  2. Demonstrate tangibly to a Medical Staff that modern peer review is the way that practitioners learn from each other and improve systems of care, and that the process is pro-patient, not anti-physician!

The Peer Review Clinic is high energy and engaging, filled with real-life case studies, videos, and interactive presentations, and packed with practical, experience-tested tips and tools that you can take home and  immediately put to use!

Join us and explore modern, effective, and constructive peer review and head back home with answers to questions such as:

  • What are the common and traditional problems that generally condemn a peer review process to failure? (At the top of that list is “scoring!”)
  • What specific techniques have been demonstrated to constructively resolve clinical issues, behavior concerns, health challenges, and utilization problems? Which common approaches do NOT work?
  • Do the rules change when a physician is employed by the Hospital (or by an exclusive contract provider)?
  • What is a Leadership Council and should we have one? (YES!)
  • Is there any role for Clinical Departments in the process? (MAYBE!)
  • Who are the best individuals to serve on a Multi-Specialty Peer Review Committee? Who should NEVER serve on the committee?
  • Why should the MEC and Board play almost no role in a modern process?
  • Does the “traditional way” of managing conflicts of interest work? (NO!)
  • What concrete, practical steps best prevent the risk of retaliation?
  • How can we help great physicians become effective case reviewers and Medical Staff leaders?
    (Hint: Several straightforward tips, education, and new case review forms!)
  • How does the revised National Practitioner Data Bank Guidebook impact our process?
  • Why do utilization management and medical necessity need to be core components of a modern process when traditionally they have not?
  • What options do we have for handling the red hot/white hot issue of aging practitioners?
  • And many, many more!

Who Should Attend

  • Medical Staff Officers
  • Department Chairs
  • CMOs and VPMAs
  • Peer Review Committee members
  • Medical Executive Committee members
  • Credentials Committee members
  • Quality Improvement specialists
  • Medical Staff Services Professionals

Participation by all individuals is encouraged. Advance notification of any special needs will help us provide better service. Please notify us at least two weeks in advance of the program.


Educational Intent

This program is intended for Department Chairs, Medical Staff Officers, Peer Review Committee members, CMOs, VPMAs, Quality Improvement specialists, Medical Staff Professionals and any other individuals involved in the peer review process.

Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • identify “best practices” for medical staff peer review and
  • recognize potential legal risks or inefficient or ineffective peer review procedures.

Continuing Education Credit

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and HortySpringer Seminars. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Category 1 CME Credit

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CEU Credit

Other healthcare professionals are awarded 1.125 continuing education units (CEU’s) which are equal to 11.25 contact hours.

NAMSS Accreditation

This course has been approved for National Association of Medical Staff Services (NAMSS) continuing education credit(s).  Accreditation of this educational content in no way implies endorsement or sponsorship by NAMSS. This program is hereby awarded 11 NAMSS continuing education credits.

Presenter Disclosure Statement

In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials distributed at the time of the conference.


Feedback from past attendees of The Peer Review Clinic:

  • “Great content and format.  As always, HortySpringer delivered a well-prepared, exceptional program.”
  • “I was excited about attending this seminar and you delivered!”
  • “The Chicago meeting was as refined, power-packed and prepared a meeting with outstanding speakers as I have ever attended. Kudos to you and your team for getting inside the minds of physicians with excellent stories and examples.”
  • “This was my first HortySpringer meeting. I was very pleased by the expertise and affability of the presenters.”
  • “Truly fantastic program. My medical staff leadership is definitely leaving the program with a better understanding of peer review and a renewed sense of enthusiasm about their leadership responsibilities.”
  • “I found the seminar very helpful due to the practicality and common sense approach. I felt that the evidence-based best practice was presented, so I have a great resource tool to take back to our hospital to compare and contrast against our current bylaws, policies and process.”
  • “I liked the overall tone of the conference, very collegial-minded.”
  • “The faculty really understands and cares about doctors’ needs and perspectives.”
  • “As a new chief, all presentations were valuable.”
  • “I would regularly return to this conference for updates and refreshers.”
  • “This was my second HortySpringer conference. You do a great job. The information is current and very helpful.”


Registration fee:

$1,595 Individual


$4,950 for a team of four
$   950 for each additional registrant (after a team of four registration)

We design our programs with a team fee because we found that it usually requires at least three or four Board members or physician leaders to implement changes or to move forward on any particular matter.

You can send a team of four to one seminar in one location, or you can register at multiple locations and for multiple programs.

Included With Registration Fee

  • Online Access to forms, letters, sample policy language and more

Hotel Reservations

All registrants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. Special group room rates have been established for HortySpringer registrants. The special group rate rooms are available until 30 days from the seminar date, or until the room block sells out, whichever comes first.  Within 30 days of the program, you may not be able to get rooms or receive the special rate.

Refund Policy

Seminar cancellations/refunds are subject to a $100 processing fee.