2013 Wyoming Statutes
TITLE 9 - ADMINISTRATION OF THE GOVERNMENT
CHAPTER 2 - AGENCIES, BOARDS, COMMISSIONS AND DEPARTMENTSGENERALLY
ARTICLE 15 - MEDICAL REVIEW PANEL
9-2-1520. Panel composition; selection; disqualification of panelist; multiple defendants.


WY Stat § 9-2-1520 (2013) What's This?

9-2-1520. Panel composition; selection; disqualification of panelist; multiple defendants.

(a) The panel for each claim reviewed under this act shall consist of two (2) health care providers licensed in this state, two (2) attorneys licensed in this state and one (1) lay person unanimously chosen by the first four (4) members, who is not an attorney, health care provider or an employee of an attorney or health care provider. All panel members shall be residents of this state. If feasible the health care provider members of the panel shall be from the health care provider's profession or specialty. In those cases where the theory of respondeat superior or some other derivative theory of recovery is employed, if feasible one (1) member shall be from the individual health care provider's profession or specialty and one (1) member shall be from the profession or specialty of the health care provider named as employer, master or principal.

(b) Within five (5) days of receipt, the director shall notify the state licensing agency of the health care provider involved and the state bar of the filing of the claim. Within fourteen (14) days of notification, the state licensing agency and the state bar shall each provide the director a list of twelve (12) of its members as proposed panelists. To the extent possible, the state licensing agency shall include on the list persons specializing in the same field or discipline as the health care provider against whom the claim is made. The director shall select two (2) from each list to serve as panelists and shall notify the parties and the panel members selected of their selection. The four (4) professional panelists shall unanimously select and appoint one (1) person as a lay panelist. The director shall notify the parties of the name of the lay panelist.

(c) At or prior to the hearing, the panel may, by majority vote, select a chairman from among its members to preside over the panel proceedings, or shall request a hearing officer from the office of administrative hearings to preside over the panel proceedings.

(d) If, within fifteen (15) days of receipt of the notice of selection of the professional panelists, the claimant or the health care provider against whom the claim is made files an affidavit stating his belief that a professional panelist selected by the director cannot be impartial in reviewing the claim, the panel member is disqualified, and the director shall select another from the list. Each party may disqualify not more than three (3) professional panel members under this subsection.

(e) The director may excuse a panelist from serving if the panelist feels his presence on the panel would be inappropriate under the circumstances of the case.

(f) When a claim is filed against two (2) or more health care providers, the claim against each health care provider shall be consolidated for hearing unless by stipulation of all parties or at the discretion of the panel, the claims are heard separately.

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