Tanya Albert Henry is a contributing writer for AMA Wire.
If juries can’t hear testimony about known complications, physicians could be liable for injuries even if they did everything right, physicians tell court.
Hospital executives violated physician’s contractual rights and state law by refusing to renew his staff privileges without following the peer-review procedures outlined in the medical staff bylaws.
The case could set precedent for dominant health insurers to prohibit physicians from referring patients out of network for innovative or medically necessary tests.
Following that standard would have “cataclysmic consequences,” including more meritless lawsuits, higher costs, physicians say in an amicus brief.
The AMA says the tax helps lower obesity rates and that ruling against it could also jeopardize nontax initiatives to improve the public’s health.