NM Medical Review Commission

The New Mexico Medical Review Commission, created by Section 41-5-14 of the New Mexico Medical Malpractice Act, was enacted in 1976. The Medical Malpractice Act mandates the screening of all applications of alleged medical malpractice against a qualified medical provider by the Medical Review Commission. The Act provides for three panel members from the medical profession and three panel members from the State Bar to review each application.

Acting NMMRC Director & Chair: Michael Rueckhaus, JD

NM State Bar Chair:  Ellen Kelly, JD

NM Medical Society Chairs: Larry Levy, MD and Neal Shadoff. MD

Alternate Panel Chair:  Judith Durzo, JD

Alternate Panel Chair:  Bill Herring, JD

NMMRC Program Coordinators: Jessica Lagoda and Ben Maggard, JD

Contact Information:
(505) 796-3430 ( Jessica Lagoda)
(505) 796-3434 (Ben Maggard, JD)
(505) 828-0336 (fax)
(505) 828-0237 (NMMS main office number)

Address:
NM Medical Review Commission
316 Osuna Road NE, Suite 501
Albuquerque, NM  87107

COVID-19 RESPONSE:  UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, MEDICAL LEGAL PANELS WILL BE CONDUCTED VIA ZOOM FOR HEALTHCARE, WHICH IS HIPAA COMPLIANT AND ENCRYPTED. THE COMMISSION WILL CONTINUE TO OBTAIN ALL RECORDS AND PROVIDE THEM TO COUNSEL, HOWEVER, THERE ARE NO LONGER ‘PANEL PACKS.” INSTEAD, PLAINTIFF AND DEFENSE COUNSEL WILL PROVIDE BRIEFS AND COUNSEL-CREATED-DOCUMENT-PACKS FOR THE HEARING. MORE DETAILS AND THE TIMELINE ARE PROVIDED IN ACTING DIRECTOR MICHAEL REUCKHAUS’ LETTER TO COUNSEL (MAY 21, 2020).    MORE INFORMATION EXPLAINING THE TRANSITION FROM IN-PERSON PANELS TO VIRTUAL-PANELS MAY BE FOUND IN MR. REUCKHAUS’ LETTER (APRIL 9, 2020).

Panelist Sign Up Form (October, 2019)

NMMRC Rules of Procedure (January 2021)

Policy and Procedures (NM Bar Bulletin, 2006)

Medical Legal Guidelines for Cooperation by the NM Medical Society and State Bar of NM

Authorization to Disclose or Use Protected Health Care Information

Authorization to Disclose or Use Protected Mental Health Care Information

New Mexico Medical Review Commission Annual Report for period January 1, 2018 to May 17, 2019 FINAL [October 23, 2019]

Patient Compensation Fund

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Historical Articles on the NM Medical Review Commission

NMMRC History NM Bar Review by David Gallagher (State Bar of NM, News & Views, July 7, 1983)

NM Bar Review NMMRC History by Joseph Fulcher, Martin Paskind, & Bruce Wiggins (State Bar of NM, May, 1973)