Rutledge Successfully Defends Law to Protect Arkansas Patients
March 29, 2016
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge earlier this month prevailed in a case, Baptist Health Systems v. Rutledge, that kept in place Act 766 of 2013, also known as the Arkansas Peer Review Fairness Act. The State Supreme Court agreed in a 5-2 decision with Rutledge’s request not to consider the Act’s constitutionality because the three hospitals challenging it had not alleged that the statute was harming them and it would be inappropriate for the Court to offer judgment.
“This was an important case to ensure that Arkansans receive the highest quality health care,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Act 766, which was duly passed by the General Assembly, is a proper way to protect the peer-review process in the State’s health care institutions. Peer review is accepted as the most effective means of monitoring quality and improving patient care, and it is essential to preserving the highest standards for Arkansas’s health care providers.”