CA Supreme Court Weighs in on Whistleblower Protection for Doctors

In a recent decision involving a Northern California hospital (Fahlen v. Sutter Central Valley Hospitals), the California Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a physician has the right to bring whistleblower lawsuits to challenge adverse peer reviews. In a world of online review sites and offline peer review team building exercises, the decision is likely to bring about a significant shift in the way that peer review of physicians plays out in the legal realm, and highlights the prudence of hospitals’ engaging legal counsel when conducting peer review proceedings.