Mich. Appeals Court Shields Med Records In Malpractice Case

Law360, New York (March 13, 2013, 9:56 PM EDT) -- A Michigan appeals court said Tuesday that physician-patient privilege protected state Medicaid records in a putative class action accusing a doctor of making intentionally false diagnoses, nixing a lower court's order that the state health department turn them over.

The Michigan Court of Appeals found that a lower court’s decision to compel the Michigan Department of Community Health to produce the names, addresses, and medical diagnoses of approximately 600 nonparty patients in a malpractice suit was a violation of the state’s statutory physician-patient privilege. Lawyers may...
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