First few Article Sentences
In 1986, Congress, concerned about “[t]he increasing occurrence of medical malpractice and the need to improve the quality of medical care,” sought to encourage good faith professional peer review activities and enacted the Health Care Quality Improvement Act (“HCQIA”), 42 U.S.C. 11101 et seq. Congress found, among other things, that “[t]here is an overriding national need to provide incentive and protection for physicians engaging in effective professional peer review” and granted limited immunity from suits for money damages to participants in professional peer review actions. Twenty years later, Poliner v. Texas Health Systems, 537 F.3d 368 (5th Cir. 2008) confirmed that immunity.