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Poliner v. Texas Health Systems, 5th Cir., No. 0-11235, July 23, 2008

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The HCQIA Immunizes Participants From Money Damages In An Objectively Conducted Peer Review Action (5th Cir.).

Ogletree Deakins • July 29, 2008
In 2006, a federal district court allowed to stand a verdict for $22.5 million in favor of a cardiologist who sued a hospital and a department chairman after a five-month suspension of his cardiac catheterization lab (cath lab) and echocardiography privileges. See Poliner: A Texas-Sized Credentialing Verdict for Physicians, at (http://www.medlawblog.com/archives/-credentialing-poliner-a-texassized-credentialing-verdict-for-physicians.html). In a highly-anticipated decision, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has overruled that verdict, holding that the hospital and individuals involved in the peer review process are protected from money damages by the Health Care Quality Improvement Act (HCQIA).