§ 5-29-20. Privileges and immunities for peer review activities.
(a) Neither the proceedings nor the records of peer review boards are subject to discovery or admissible in evidence in any case except litigation arising out of the imposition of sanctions upon a podiatrist. Any imposition or notice of a restriction of privileges or a requirement of supervision imposed on a podiatrist for unprofessional conduct is subject to discovery and admissible in any proceeding against the podiatrist or against any podiatry care facility or podiatry care provider which allows the podiatrist to perform the podiatry procedures which are the subject of the restrictions or supervision during the period of any imposition or notice of a restriction of privileges or a requirement of supervision, and apply to records made in the regular course of business by a hospital or other provider of health care information. Documents or records available from original sources are not to be construed as immune from discovery or use in any civil proceedings merely because they were presented during the proceedings of the committee.
(b) There is no monetary liability on the part of, and no cause of action for damages arising against, any member of an appointed peer review board operated pursuant to written bylaws, for any act or proceeding undertaken or performed within the scope of the functions of the board.
(c) There is no monetary liability on the part of, and no cause of action for damages arising against, any person on account of the communication of information in the possession of that person to any peer review board or the board of examiners in podiatry when the communication is intended to aid in the evaluation of the qualifications, fitness, or character of a practitioner of podiatry and does not represent as true any matter not reasonably believed to be true.
(d) Any peer review processes authorized by statute and carried out in good faith have the benefit of the state action exemption to the state antitrust law.
(P.L. 1988, ch. 274, § 2.)