About Peer Review
Peer Review is an alternative dispute resolution mechanism which addresses differences that may arise between a patient and dentist, or a dentist and third party payer. Special committees of dentists, who are selected because of their objectivity, volunteer their services to deal impartially with two specific areas only:
1) Appropriateness of care: Was the treatment necessary?
2) Quality of treatment: Did the treatment fall within parameters of acceptable care?
Participation in peer review is voluntary. Each party must sign a consent form, indicating his/her willingness to cooperate with the committee and accept its decision as binding and enforceable under New Jersey law. By signing the consent form, both parties waive their rights to have the dispute settled in a court of law. Each party receives a copy of the other's signed consent form.