Medical review panel bill passed by House

02/09/2018 10:48 PM

FRANKFORT – Legislation to bring peer review practices to the medical profession was passed by the Kentucky House on Friday by a 58-27 vote.

House Bill 4, sponsor Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, says the bill doesn’t take away any rights of patients and simply allows professionals in the medical profession the same style of review system that all other professionals have.

“It is about advancing knowledge and best practices in health care for everyone’s benefit,” Wuchner said. “Kentucky is an outlier in this issue. Forty-eight states have enacted peer review, so could forty-eight states be wrong,?”

Rep. Chris Harris, D-Forest Hills, voted against the bill saying that it hurts citizens who might be the victims of mistakes by medical professionals.

“The ones hurt by this bill will be those citizens in our districts who are injured by medical mistakes that could have been prevented had we known, and those people been held accountable, physicians who have been making mistakes time and time again,” Harris said.

Rep. Kim Moser, R-Independence, advised House members that the bill was, in fact, a measure to protect medical patients as well.

“This allows for those confidential conversations that we all have in any business,” Moser said. “This is not specific to medicine, but those conversations among health care providers need to be able to have them to ensure best practices and to ensure quality health care for all,” Moser said.

Another bill passed by the House on Friday included House Bill 136, sponsored by Rep. Adam Koenig,R-Erlanger, which craft brewers say will allow their industry to grow. The legislation allows microbreweries to sell an increased amount of their products at their facilities. HB 136 was passed by a 68-15 vote.

House Bill 141, sponsored by Rep. “Bam” Carney, R-Campbellsville, which would allow certain financially struggling school districts to meet their expenses by being able to take out interest-free loans up to $500,000 from excess SEEK money due to circumstances beyond the district’s control or other extraordinary financial circumstances was passed by an 85-10 vote.


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