48 STATES HAVE PEER REVIEW PROTECTION. KENTUCKY IS NOT ONE OF THEM.
SUPPORT PEER REVIEW PROTECTION (SB 18)
WITH NO AMENDMENTS
SB 18, (Alvarado) to protect peer review proceedings, is awaiting a vote on the House floor. With only a few days left in the session, it is imperative to keep calls coming into your House member until the legislation is passed by the House!
Please contact your House member at 502-564-8100, and urge them to vote YES on SB 18 with no amendments. This is the time to flood the House members with calls in support of SB 18! Your House member needs to hear from you until the bill passes the House!
Trial lawyers are telling House leaders and House members that SB 18 is only to hide bad doctors and no other industry has such privilege.
Peer review proceedings provide for physicians to have an honest and direct discussion in a structured setting for a frank and honest conversation for colleagues to improve quality care. Facts are the facts and are fully available in the medical record for a potential lawsuit.
Peer review proceedings are conducted by physicians that are their peers, not medical experts.
There are already many confidential communications or proceedings granted such privilege (e.g., the attorney-client privilege, psychiatrist/psychologist-patient privilege or clergy privilege), so this is not new, and such peer review proceedings are held to be confidential in 48 other states.
This law is needed now and should pass this legislative session, not next year.