Nelson Hardiman LLP is proud to announce that, after two years of peer review, including a judicial review panel, an internal appeal, and a writ of mandamus in the Superior Court, the firm’s client – a world renowned academic medical center’s medical staff – prevailed.

Nelson Hardiman represented the medical staff in a peer review action taken against a seasoned physician based upon his violations of patient privacy, HIPAA, CMIA and Medical Center policy. The physician exerted his authority over trainees to obtain medical record numbers in order to review a patient case of interest. He did so without authorization or consent. He discussed the case with an outside physician (who was not a medical staff member) and even brought that physician to the patient floor and directed the trainees to open the electronic medical record (EMR) for review by the outside physician. 

The subject physician argued that the HIPAA healthcare operations exemption applied, and that his actions were designed to improve patient care and safety. He lost at the JRC level, the internal appeal level, and petitioned the court. The court disagreed and denied the physician’s writ petition. 

For questions regarding medical staff representation and peer review matters, please contact Sara Hersh and Miriam Mackin.

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