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Hospital receives immunity from disruptive physicians’ claims

A Pennsylvania hospital that revoked the privileges of a physician because of disruptive behavior has immunity from the physician’s claim for damages because the behavior had an effect on patient health and welfare, ruled the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Lawyers involved in the case, Gordon v. Lewistown Hospital, say the ruling reassures hospitals conducting professional reviews that immunity under the Health Care Quality Improvement Immunity Act (HCQIA) applies not only when there are questions of a physician’s clinical competence but also when there are problems with behavior.