This is a series describing the ten important pro-immunity peer review cases where court have granted immunity to peer reviewers under the Health Care Quality Improvement Act of 1986, 42 U.S.C. Sec. 11112 (“HCQIA”).
No. 7: Meyers v. Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp., 341 F 3d 461 (6th Cir., 2003)
Dr. Robert Meyers applied for and received provisional privileges at Logan Memorial Hospital in Russellville, Kentucky. He applied for active privileges a year later and met resistance because of a history of disruptive conduct at other facilities, a less than candid disclosure of his past problems with medical staffs and concerns over the quality of his care. Dr. Meyers admitted that he had a “personality problem.” The Hospital Board of Trustees appointed a hearing committee of non-physicians because of Dr. Meyer’s complaints about competitors sitting on his investigation panels. The Board voted to deny him privileges because of his inability to work cooperatively with others and his failure to meet the ethical standards of the facility.