The Tennessee Supreme Court issued a very important decision recently on the appeal in the Dedmon case. Many people have been waiting on this decision from the plaintiff’s side and the defendant’s side. The Dedmon case was the case where the Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled that defendants, in personal injury cases, could introduce evidence of the discounted amounts accepted by health providers or paid by insurance companies. I previously blogged on this prior ruling here.
The Tennessee Supreme Court reversed the key part of the prior Tennessee Court of Appeals decision today. The key part in the new case (and a good summary of the current status of the law on this issue) is the following:
In sum, we hold that the definition of “reasonable charges” under the Hospital Lien Act set forth in West v. Shelby County Healthcare Corp., 459 S.W.3d 33 (Tenn. 2014), does not apply directly to determinations of “reasonable medical expenses” in personal injury cases; the West definition of “reasonable charges” is limited in application to interpretation of the Hospital Lien Act……