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Part B—PEER REVIEW OF THE UTILIZATION AND QUALITY OF HEALTH CARE SERVICES[122]

PURPOSE

Sec1151[42 U.S.C. 1320c]  The purpose of this part is to establish the contracting process which the Secretary must follow pursuant to the requirements of section 1862(g) of this Act, including the definition of the quality improvement[123] organizations with which the Secretary shall contract, the functions such quality improvement[124]organizations are to perform, the confidentiality of medical records, and related administrative matters to facilitate the carrying out of the purposes of this part.


[122]  See Vol. II, P.L. 99-509, §9353(a)(4), with respect to contracts for small-area analysis.

See Vol. II, P.L. 100-203, §4091(a)(1), with respect to the one-time extensions to permit staggering of contract expiration dates; and §4094(e), with respect to the telecommunications demonstration projects.

See Vol. II, P.L. 108-173, §109(d), with respect to an Institute of Medicine study of quality improvement organizations.

[123]  P.L. 112-40, §261(a)(2)(C), struck out “utilization and quality control peer review” and inserted “quality improvement”, applicable to contracts entered into or renewed on or after January 1, 2012.

[124]  P.L. 112-40, §261(a)(2)(C), struck out “peer review” and inserted “quality improvement”, applicable to contracts entered into or renewed on or after January 1, 2012.