A federal statute requires the release of a medical facility’s peer review records despite state law shielding their confidentiality, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.

Clearing the way for the release of peer review records sought for investigations into the deaths of two mentally ill patients at state-administered hospitals, the circuit said the plain language of the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Act, 42 U.S.C. ��10801-10851, trumps state law.

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