Hospital privileges must be revealed in medical malpractice cases

A State Supreme Court unanimously ruled last week that in response to discovery requests in medical malpractice lawsuits, hospitals must turn over lists of hospital privileges granted to physicians by the facilities’ credentials committees. Hospitals formerly stated that turning such documents over would compromise the confidentiality of the physician peer-review process. While the justices agreed that the process is confidential, the Court ruled that plaintiffs should be able to ascertain a list of privileges granted to a doctor through hospital records.

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