Recent TN Supreme Court Opinion Significantly Impacts Peer Review Privilege


On May 24, 2010, the Tennessee Supreme Court issued an opinion that significantly narrows the scope of the peer review privilege. In Lee Medical, Inc. v. Beecher,[1] the Court considered whether certain documents relating to a decision to terminate a contract for vascular services were protected from discovery under the Tennessee Peer Review Law, Tenn. Code Ann. § 63-6-219. The plaintiff argued that because some of the documents involved review of quality of care, the documents were privileged.

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