NJ Court Shields Hospitals' Privacy Under Patient Safety Act

Law360, New York (August 9, 2012, 4:43 PM EDT) -- In a case of first impression clarifying confidentiality provisions of the New Jersey Patient Safety Act, a state appeals panel on Thursday ruled that information generated by health care facilities exclusively for internal analysis under the act is privileged as long as all the act’s requirements are fulfilled.

The ruling, the first to interpret the 2004 law promoting internal examinations within health care facilities, determined the scope of privacy hospitals can claim in the investigations it conducts into “adverse events” like death or problems at birth....
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