Staff Credentials and Privileging
Before a hospital grants a physician or medical staff privileges, it generally completes the credentialing process, which is an examination of the health care provider’s background. This often complex and lengthy process is designed to improve quality of care and reduce medical errors. However, it can also be used to unfairly advance economic or political motives within an organization. If your hospital privileges have been denied or revoked, it is crucial to have an experienced attorney on your side.
At Allen & McCain, P.C., we have over a century of experience representing health care professionals in the staff credentials and privileging process. Whether you need assistance applying for hospital privileges or you are being targeted for a peer review or disciplinary action, we will provide you with zealous advocacy.
Atlanta Hospital/Medical Peer Review Lawyers Representing Health Care Providers Throughout Georgia
Each hospital has its own set of bylaws that govern the credentialing process. Generally, a hospital will verify education and training, contact the appropriate boards, verify medical licenses, check the National Practitioner Data Bank, verify malpractice coverage, verify any malpractice claims and investigate any disciplinary actions against you. This ensures that you have the experience and training necessary to perform specific services within the hospital.
Your hospital privileges can be denied or revoked for a number of reasons, including poor quality of care, disruption or substance abuse. In some cases, there are ulterior motives behind the denial or revocation of hospital privileges such as competition among specialties, discrimination or punishment for whistle blowing.
The denial or revocation of privileges can have devastating effects on the health care provider’s career, including licensing board actions, and malpractice insurance and managed care/preferred provider issues.
Our attorneys will conduct a full investigation to uncover the real reason behind your denial or revocation and assist you in creating a strong defense. We are committed to ensuring that hospitals abide by their own bylaws and helping shield you against the long-term effects of a denial or revocation of hospital privileges.
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