Article - Courts and Judicial Proceedings
(a) In this subtitle
the following terms have the meanings indicated unless the context
of their use requires otherwise.
panel” means the arbitrators selected to determine a health
care malpractice claim in accordance with this subtitle.
means a circuit court for a county.
means the Director of the Health Care Alternative Dispute Resolution
damages” retains its judicially determined meaning.
(f) (1) “Health
care provider” means a hospital, a related institution as defined
in § 19-301 of the Health - General Article, a medical day care
center, a hospice care program, an assisted living program, a freestanding
ambulatory care facility as defined in § 19-3B-01 of the Health
- General Article, a physician, an osteopath, an optometrist, a chiropractor,
a registered or licensed practical nurse, a dentist, a podiatrist,
a psychologist, a licensed certified social worker-clinical, and a
physical therapist, licensed or authorized to provide one or more
health care services in Maryland.
care provider” does not include any nursing institution conducted
by and for those who rely upon treatment by spiritual means through
prayer alone in accordance with the tenets and practices of a recognized
church or religious denomination.
injury” means injury arising or resulting from the rendering
or failure to render health care.
(1) In a claim
for personal injury, pain, suffering, inconvenience, physical impairment,
disfigurement, loss of consortium, or other nonpecuniary injury; or
(2) In a claim
for wrongful death, mental anguish, emotional pain and suffering,
loss of society, companionship, comfort, protection, care, marital
care, parental care, filial care, attention, advice, counsel, training,
guidance, or education, or other noneconomic damages authorized under
Subtitle 9 of this title.