By Jacqueline Pitts, The Bottom Line
Legislation to bring peer review practices to the medical profession in Kentucky passed through the state House with a 58-27 Friday.
House Bill 4, sponsored by House Health and Welfare Chairwoman Addia Wuchner, allows professionals in the medical field the same type of review system of all other professions.
Kentucky has one of the most litigious legal liability environments, making the commonwealth a target for personal injury attorneys, which is of significant interest to businesses in the state.
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 Senate where it will first receive a vote in committee.