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- Have flexible bylaws
Medical staff bylaws should recognize that physicians are not attorneys, and that there should be as much built-in flexibility as possible, says Michael Eisner, Esq., of Eisner & Lugli in New Haven, Connecticut. In the recent case of Figueroa v. Hynes, the Fifth District Appellate Court of Florida recently upheld a trial court’s decision that a meeting of a hospital’s medical executive committee was protected by the state’s peer review privilege despite significant departures from the procedures set forth in its bylaws. Please note that this decision did not involve the issue of discovery. Read more.
- Sample bylaws language on indemnification for physicians
Most hospitals explicitly agree to indemnify medical staff members for performing peer review work on behalf of the institution. This indemnification covers the legal expenses of the proctor should he or she be named in a lawsuit, and it typically covers any judgment against the proctor as long as he or she conducted his or her peer review duties appropriately.
It is common to find the hospital’s commitment to indemnify medical staff members for their legitimate medical staff work in the medical staff bylaws. This week’s free resource is sample bylaws language on indemnification for physicians engaged in peer review from Proctoring, FPPE, and Practitioner Competency Assessment. Read more.
- Go beyond regulatory compliance
As the governing documents of your medical staff, bylaws must not only meet your medical staff’s needs but also your hospital’s accreditor’s standards, and state and federal regulations. The Guide to Medical Staff Bylaws offers tips for writing bylaws and actual sample language that complies with Joint Commission, DNV, HFAP, and/or CMS standards. Read more.
- The legal considerations for advanced practice professionals
As the number of practicing advanced practice professionals (APP) continues to increase, healthcare organizations need to be aware of the legal implications of utilizing them. In his role as corporate counsel at Dignity Health, in Pasadena, California, Gayland Hethcoat advises hospitals, retail health clinics, and other healthcare providers on a wide range of operational matters, including emerging issues involving APPs. These include licensure and scope of practice, corporate governance, credentialing and privileging, fraud and abuse, and reimbursement. He has also presented on the topic at the National Association Medical Staff Services annual conference. Hethcoat recently discussed APPs and the legal landscape with CPRLI.
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