The Florida Medical Association is urging Attorney General Pam Bondi to appeal the ruling Wednesday by Federal Court Judge Robert Hinkle that invalidated a part of the medical malpractice reform law passed by legislators last spring.
The provision related to "ex parte" communications and would have allowed the lawyers for a doctor who is being sued by a patient to talk to other doctors for the patient without the patient's consent. Hinkle ruled that the law violated the federal health care privacy protections.
"The FMA is disappointed in the recent ruling by Judge Hinkle regarding the ex parte provision of the 2013 Florida Legislature's medical liability reform law,'' said Alan Harmon, M.D., president of the Florida Medical Association in a statement.
"The FMA reviewed the entire law and we still feel that the Florida Legislature took great pains to ensure that this legislation was fully compliant with federal law. The FMA disagrees with this ruling and stands ready to assist with an appeal. We are confident that this law will be upheld upon appeal."
Bondi spokeswoman Jennifer Meale said they are reviewing the case.
From the FMA news release: