Smith V. Selma: Guidance For Peer Review Bodies

Law360, New York (August 27, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In Smith v. Selma Community Hospital (Smith), the California Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District (Court) held that, unless circumstances indicate otherwise, a hospital may not rely solely on the peer review findings of another hospital when considering whether to terminate a physician’s medical staff membership and clinical privileges.

The Court emphasized that it was not deciding that a hospital may never rely solely on the results of the peer review proceedings of another hospital in such situations. Rather, a hospital cannot make a decision based...
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