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(a)(1) The proceedings and records of a peer review committee shall not be subject to discovery or introduction into evidence in any civil action against a provider of professional health services arising out of the matters which are subject to evaluation and review by the committee.
(2) No person who was in attendance at a meeting of the committee shall be permitted or required to testify in any such civil action as to any evidence or other matters produced or presented during the proceedings of the committee or as to any findings, recommendations, evaluations, opinions, or other actions of the committee or any members thereof.
(b)(1) However, information, documents, or records otherwise available from original sources are not to be construed as immune from discovery or use in any such action merely because they were presented during the proceedings of the committee.
(2) Nor shall any person who testifies before the committee or who is a member of the committee be prevented from testifying as to matters within his or her knowledge, but the witness shall not be asked about his or her testimony before the committee or about opinions formed by him or her as a result of the committee hearings.
(c) The submission of the peer review proceedings, minutes, records, reports, and communications to a hospital governing board or physician group peer review committee as defined under § 20-9-501 shall not operate as a waiver of the privilege.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Arkansas Code Title 20. Public Health and Welfare § 20-9-503. Proceeding and records confidential--Exception - last updated January 01, 2020 | https://codes.findlaw.com/ar/title-20-public-health-and-welfare/ar-code-sect-20-9-503/
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