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Section: Revision or inclusion of referendum acts in Revised Statutes; effect

Statute: 17:30D-17

2. a. Any insurer or insurance association authorized to issue medical malpractice liability insurance in the State shall notify the Medical Practitioner Review Panel established pursuant to section 8 of P.L.1989, c.300 (C.45:9-19.8) in writing of any medical malpractice claim settlement, judgment or arbitration award involving any practitioner licensed by the State Board of Medical Examiners and insured by the insurer or insurance association. Any practitioner licensed by the board who is not covered by medical malpractice liability insurance issued in this State, who has coverage through a self-insured health care facility or health maintenance organization, or has medical malpractice liability insurance which has been issued by an insurer or insurance association from outside the State shall notify the review panel in writing of any medical malpractice claim settlement, judgment or arbitration award to which the practitioner is a party. The review panel or board, as the case may be, shall not presume that the judgment or award is conclusive evidence in any disciplinary proceeding and the fact of a settlement is not admissible in any disciplinary proceeding. In any malpractice action against a practitioner, a settlement prohibiting a complaint against the practitioner or the providing of information to the review panel or board concerning the underlying facts or circumstances of the action is void and unenforceable. b. An insurer or insurance association authorized to issue medical malpractice liability insurance in the State shall notify the review panel in writing of any termination or denial of coverage to a practitioner or surcharge assessed on account of the practitioner's practice method or medical malpractice claims history. c. The form of notification shall be prescribed by the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance, shall contain such information as may be required by the board and the review panel and shall be made within seven days of the settlement, judgment or award or the final action for a termination or denial of, or surcharge on, the medical malpractice liability insurance. Upon request of the board, the review panel or the commissioner, an insurer or insurance association shall provide all records regarding the defense of a malpractice claim, the processing of the claim and the legal proceeding; except that nothing in this subsection shall be construed to authorize disclosure of any confidential communication which is otherwise protected by statute, court rule or common law. An insurer or insurance association, or any employee thereof, shall be immune from liability for furnishing information to the review panel and the board in fulfillment of the requirements of this section unless the insurer or insurance association, or any employee thereof, knowingly provided false information. d. An insurer, insurance association or practitioner who fails to notify the review panel as required pursuant to this section shall be subject to such penalties as the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance may determine pursuant to section 12 of P.L.1975, c.301 (C.17:30D-12). In addition to, or in lieu of suspension or revocation, the commissioner may assess a fine which shall not exceed $1,000 for the first offense and $2,000 for the second and each subsequent offense, which may be recovered in a summary proceeding, brought in the name of the State in a court of competent jurisdiction pursuant to the "Penalty Enforcement Law of 1999," P.L.1999, c.274 (C.2A:58-10 et seq.). e. A practitioner who fails to notify the review panel as required pursuant to this section shall be subject to disciplinary action and civil penalties pursuant to sections 8, 9 and 12 of P.L.1978, c.73 (C.45:1-21, 45:1-22 and 45:1-25). f. An insurer or insurance association shall make available to the review panel or the board, upon request, any records of termination or denial of coverage to a practitioner or surcharge assessed on account of the practitioner's practice method or medical malpractice claims history, which occurred up to five years prior to the effective date of P.L.1989, c.300 (C.45:9-19.4 et al.). g. For the purposes of this section, "practitioner" means a person licensed to practice: medicine and surgery under chapter 9 of Title 45 of the Revised Statutes or a medical resident or intern; or podiatric medicine under chapter 5 of Title 45 of the Revised Statutes. h. Any insurer or insurance association authorized to issue medical malpractice liability insurance in the State shall notify the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance, in a form and manner specified by the commissioner, of any medical malpractice claim settlement, judgment or arbitration award involving any practitioner licensed by the State Board of Medical Examiners and insured by the insurer or insurance association. The notification shall include the specialty or area of professional practice of the practitioner and the amount of the settlement, judgment or arbitration award, but shall not include the name or other identifying information of the practitioner. L.1983,c.247,s.2; amended 1989, c.300, s.4; 2004, c.17, s.23; 2005, c.259, s.24.

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