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Attorney Disqualified for Reading and Not Returning Patient Safety Act Documents
The Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, affirmed a lower court’s ruling that an attorney, representing a patient, should be disqualified for impermissibly reviewing documents that were privileged pursuant to the state Patient Safety Act. Although the attorney received the hospital’s root cause analysis report and related documents anonymously, through the mail, the court held that the attorney violated the rule of professional conduct when he read the documents that were clearly marked as “prepared exclusively in compliance with the Patient Safety Act” and failed to return the documents to the hospital.
Jablow v. Wagner

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The law in our state was recently changed and advance practice registered nurses (APRNs) are now allowed to practice independently. How should we handle this change in the law at our hospital? Can we continue to require collaboration agreements? Or should we eliminate that requirement and allow the APRNs to practice on their own?

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