Doctors Win Fight to Keep Records Private

October 5, 2009
Connecticut Law Tribune, October 5, 2009, Vol. 35, No. 40

Most people would not like it if their job evaluations could be made public. The same holds true for doctors. And that's led to a recent debate in Connecticut over whether records from hospital "peer review" sessions can be made public.

In August, the state Supreme Court ruled that, under the Freedom of Information Act, a patient could access peer review documents from the state's only public hospital. The decision riled the medical community as doctors wondered whether records from private hospital peer review sessions might also be made public someday.

And so, within four months of the release of the Supreme Court decision, the legislature moved to bar FOIA requests for peer review documents. Connecticut, like nearly every other state, has a form of privilege that limits release of peer review records.