Wednesday, July 23, 2008
5th Circuit's decision in Poliner is out
medical-staff docs. HCQIA immunity for money damages held to apply to emergency suspension decisions during the fact-investigation phase of the peer-review process. Judge Higginbotham's opinion for a unanimous panel is here. It looks bullet-proof to me . . . . Pretty amazing saga, which I am sure won't be over until there's a petition for reconsideration/rehearing en banc: from a $360-million jury verdict to a remitted judgment for $33 million (still amazing for peer-review case) to $0.