§ 5-29-19 Podiatry peer review.
(a) Notwithstanding other provisions of this chapter, health care providers may make confidential health care information available to podiatry peer review committees without authorization.
(b) Confidential health care information before a podiatry peer review committee remains strictly confidential, and any person found guilty of the unlawful disclosure of that information is subject to the penalties provided in this chapter.
(c) Except as provided in this section, the proceedings and records of podiatry peer review committees are not subject to discovery or introduction into evidence. No person who was in attendance at a meeting of the committee is permitted or required to testify as to any matters presented during the proceedings of the committee or as to any finding, recommendations, evaluations, opinions, or other actions of the committee or any members of the committee. Confidential health care information was presented during proceedings before that committee, or is a member of that committee or other person appearing before it to be prevented from testifying as to matters within his or her knowledge and in accordance with the other provisions of this chapter, but the witness cannot be questioned about his or her testimony or other proceedings before the podiatry peer review committee or about opinions formed by him or her as a result of those proceedings.
(d) The provisions of subsection (c) of this section limiting discovery and testimony do not apply in any legal action brought by a podiatry peer review committee to restrict or revoke a podiatrist's hospital staff privilege, or his or her license to practice podiatry, or to cases where a member of the podiatry peer review committee or the legal entity which formed that committee or within which that committee operates is sued for actions taken by the committee; provided, that in that legal action personally identifiable confidential health care information shall not be used without written authorization of the person or his or her authorized representative or upon court order.
(e) Nothing in this chapter shall limit the authority, which may be provided by law, of the board of examiners in podiatry to require a podiatry peer review committee to report to it any disciplinary actions or recommendations of the committee, or to transfer to it records of the committee's proceedings or actions, including confidential podiatry information, or restrict or revoke a podiatrist's license to practice podiatry; provided, that in the legal action, personally identifiable confidential health care information shall not be used without written authorization of the person or his or her authorized representative or upon court order.
(f) No member of a podiatry review committee nor the legal entity which formed or within which the committee operates nor any person providing information to the committee is criminally or civilly liable for the performance of any duty, function, or activity of the committee or based upon providing information to the committee; provided, that the action is without malice and is based upon a reasonable belief that the action is warranted.
(P.L. 1988, ch. 274, § 2.)