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Asserting and Maintaining the Peer Review Privilege: Best Practices for Healthcare Institutions

DRI Medlaw Update

December 7, 2017

Authors: Sarah A. Westby

Materials used during the peer review process followed by hospitals and health care institutions in issuing physician privileges may be discoverable during civil litigation, depending on a variety of factors. In this article, Sarah Westby discusses the scope of protection pertaining to different categories of information as well as what may constitute a waiver of the peer review privilege. In addition, she suggests several steps hospitals and health care institutions can take to guard against the disclosure of peer review material in litigation proceedings.

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