FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
6/6/2012
FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
John Maszinski
Office: 312-580-6440
E-mail:johnmaszinski@isms.org
IDFPR v. Walgreen Co. Appellate Decision
IDFPR v. Walgreen Co. Appellate Decision

Statement of William N. Werner, MD, President, Illinois State Medical Society

Chicago, IL - Illinois physicians are extremely pleased the appellate court affirmed confidentiality in the peer review process. We remain cautious in our celebration knowing the case remains open for appeal. However, this decision marks an important step in fostering secure Patient Safety Organization information sharing processes.

Confidentiality is crucial to voluntary PSO reporting. If the PSO reports are subject to discovery, voluntary reports from physicians and other health professionals will dry up due to liability fears.

ISMS is a professional membership association representing 11,000 physicians practicing in all medical specialties statewide. Dr. Werner is a Chicago internal medicine specialist.


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