Medical Staff vs. Hospital Board: The Fight to Control Medical Staff Bylaws

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March 20, 2015
Carmel Cosgrave, Eric Fogel
SmithAmundsen Health Care Alert

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As the delivery of medical care in the United States continues to evolve rapidly toward a more corporate model, physicians and their representative organizations bemoan the loss of staff independence. While the interests of an independent and highly motivated medical staff typically align with the hospital’s interests in patient safety and delivering quality health care, too often an active and vocal medical staff can be at odds with the hospital’s interests. The Minnesota Supreme Court recently resolved such a dispute between a hospital and its medical staff in favor of the medical staff, in a case that focused on medical staff bylaws.

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