Dec 072009
 
 December 7, 2009  Posted by  Court, Laws

Amy Lynn Sorrel reports:

Michigan’s Supreme Court is set to decide whether the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act preempts a state law allowing defendants in medical liability lawsuits to informally interview plaintiffs’ other treating physicians — a move that doctors say could put them at a disadvantage in defending such cases.

At issue is whether cardiologist Mark Rasak, DO, can seek a court order allowing his attorney to interview another physician who had treated the patient in the case, Linda Clippert. Her guardian, Andrea L. Holman, sued Dr. Rasak, alleging his failure to timely diagnose Clippert’s heart condition led to a heart attack and ultimately her death. The doctor denied any negligence.

Read more on American Medical News.

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