Legislation to bring peer review practices to the medical profession in Kentucky crossed its first legislative hurdle Thursday, passing the House Health and Welfare Committee.
Sponsor House Health and Welfare Chairwoman Rep. Addia Wuchner highlighted the fact the bill does not take away any rights of patients and simply allows professionals in the medical profession the same type of review system that all other professions currently have.
Dr. James Borders, representing the Kentucky Medical Association and attorney Wes Butler also testified in support state that peer review legislation would increase protection for medical providers to effectively review their own performance in a frank and open manner without the thought of a lawsuit.
Kentucky has one of the most litigious environments, making the Commonwealth a target for personal injury attorneys, which is of significant interest to business.
Peer review legislation was originally put in Kentucky’s statute in 1976, but was overturned by the Kentucky Supreme Court. In recent years, peer review legislation would clarify Kentucky’s existing statute and impose the correct interpretation by Kentucky courts and pertinent federal law.
House Bill 4 now moves to the full House for a vote.