Sheikh v. Grant Regional Health Center is another case in a growing body of evidence that courts are granting less leeway and protection to hospitals which abuse the HCQIA immunity and reporting protections.

This is not a final decision awarding damages! It is only a decision by a Wisconsin federal district court rejecting the hospital’s motion to dismiss the complaint, it nevertheless acknowledges at least the potential liability of the hospital stating:

“Indeed, if proven, Sheikh’s allegations of deliberate acts to sabotage his prospects of employment across the country fall easily within the type of behavior other courts have found to be extreme and outrageous.” 

The opinion does not recite the alleged facts regarding the Data Bank report statements.