Thursday, October 01, 2009
Connecticut Physicians Say FOI Undercuts the Peer Review Process
In a split decision, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that peer review privileges do not apply to public records requests filed by patients, stating the privilege only applies in the context of court actions.
The case stems from a former patient's request regarding a state hospital's decision not to renew a doctor's clinical privileges.
Physicians say the ruling will have a chilling effect on the peer review process for state hospitals and could potentially have an adverse effect on private practices as well.
In the decision, the majority court said the Legislature would need to fix any perceived flaws in the law.
For more information, click this link from amednews.com.