The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing, Monday, March 25, on the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) sunset report on the body of law governing professional review. The report recommends that professional review be reenacted with its legal protections maintained. Phil Stahel, MD, and Jason Kelly, MD, representing CMS, and Neal O’Connor, representing the Colorado Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, all testified in support of the report. Plaintiff attorneys were out in force, in effect testifying against reenactment of professional review protections. These attorneys were forcefully critical of the current professional review reporting requirements and espousing the need to access professional review information in civil litigation. The report received unanimous support from the committee and will be filed in the form of legislation before the end of the week. With five weeks left in the legislative session, the fight to reenact professional review has just begun.
Please be on the watch for a Code Blue legislative alert and respond without delay.