Pa. Justices Could Shake Up Medical Peer Review Protections

Law360 (February 20, 2020, 8:01 PM EST) -- A discovery dispute over certain physician records in a medical malpractice case could be headed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court after a lower appeals court made a rare plea for review, opening the door to a possible change in scope for the state's Peer Review Protection Act, experts said.

The Pennsylvania Superior Court's Feb. 12 ruling held that St. Clair Hospital must produce an unredacted credentialing file on Dr. Carmen Petraglia, an orthopedic surgeon accused of botching two spinal surgeries performed on patient James Leadbitter in 2015 that caused a series of strokes and led to permanent brain damage. The file...

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