What’s New in Health Law
Peer Review Privilege Applied
The Appellate Court of Illinois reversed a trial court’s order (that found certain documents not privileged in a malpractice suit), vacating a contempt order against the hospital. During discovery, the estate of a patient requested various quality management worksheets and root cause analysis documents. The trial court held that none were privileged, and ordered the hospital to produce them. On appeal, the court held that each of the sets of documents were, in fact, privileged because they served an integral function in the peer review process and were created for quality control purposes.
Mnookin v. Nw. Cmty. Hosp.
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Question of the Week
A physician who has been on our staff for only a few months has been experiencing complications, with several cases falling out. So, as part of the initial FPPE, I (as the new Service Line Chief) called this physician into a collegial intervention meeting. He showed up with the head of his group practice, who is not a member of any medical staff committees. When I said that the meeting was a confidential peer review meeting, both physicians left. Now what? Was I right or did I miss an opportunity?
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