Nixon Peabody provides hospitals and staff associations with reliable counsel on a broad range of medical staff matters. Our services include:
- Medical staff by-law drafting and revision
- Quality assurance and utilization review
- “Root cause” analysis of sentinel events
- Peer review and discipline proceedings
- Regulatory reviews
When necessary, we represent our clients in medical staff hearings and litigation related to staff privileges and discipline, professional disciplinary and licensure matters, practice management, ERISA employment discrimination matters, employment and labor disputes, and Medicare/Medicaid investigations and audits.
Medical staff bylaws
Our Health Services group attorneys have extensive experience representing hospitals, health care institutions, and staff associations with respect to medical staff appointment and privilege matters. We assist hospitals in drafting, implementing, and revising medical staff bylaws, including sections pertaining to corrective and disciplinary actions. Our involvement in medical staff matters include counseling hospitals with respect to the handling of specific situations and incidents, ensuring compliance with applicable law and medical staff bylaw provisions, providing counsel regarding hospitals’ reporting obligations, representing hospitals with internal discipline hearings and appellate review proceedings, and handling the defense of lawsuits commenced by physicians against hospitals and their officials arising from the imposition of disciplinary actions.