Medical Staff Issues & Professional Licensure



We provide innovative guidance and cooperative solutions to the unique challenges that arise from the complex, multi-faceted relationship between a hospital and its medical staff, especially in the midst of increased employment of physicians.

Our Approach

Medical Staff

We provide hospitals, healthcare institutions, medical executive committees, and medical staff associations with counsel on a broad range of medical staff matters.

Services include reviewing and revising medical staff by-laws, rules, and regulations for operational effectiveness and assessing them for compliance with regulatory and accreditation requirements.

Our team also offers counsel for medical staff investigations, impaired professionals, and corrective actions, as well as fair hearing and appellate review proceedings. We defend lawsuits filed by physicians and other licensed professionals against hospitals, their administrations, and medical staff leadership.

We also conduct compliance and regulatory reviews and provide counseling regarding credentialing, EMTALA, on-call obligations, and state and federal reporting of adverse actions and events. Additionally, we provide advice on quality improvement and utilization review matters as well as “root cause” analysis of sentinel events.

Professional Licensure

We advise physicians and professional clients on licensure matters, scope of practice issues and relationships with other professional and healthcare businesses.

We work with

  • Hospitals and health systems
  • Medical executive committees
  • Medical staff associations
  • Physicians and other licensed professionals
  • U.S. News/Best Lawyers has named Nixon Peabody “Law Firm of the Year” in Health Care Law in 2016
  • Ranked nationally in U.S. News/Best Lawyers 2019 “Best Law Firms” in Health Care Law, and received metropolitan rankings in Health Care Law in Albany, Chicago, Long Island, Los Angeles, New York City and Rhode Island
  • Ranked in Illinois, Massachusetts and New York for Health Care in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Recognized lawyers by Best Lawyers in America in the field of Health Care law
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