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On February 4, 2019, the California Court of Appeal affirmed a judgment awarding plaintiff, Dr. Kenneth Economy, substantial damages for his suspension and subsequent termination of his staff privileges at defendant Sutter East Bay Hospitals. The Court of Appeal held that, because Dr. Economy’s termination, even though done under the provisions of an exclusive contract, was based on “medical disciplinary cause or reason,” he was entitled to prior notice and a hearing in accordance with Business and Professions Code section 809 et seq. This decision flies in the face of the underlying premise for exclusive contracts: the ability for a hospital to enter into a contractual arrangement that allows it to set superior metrics in exchange for exclusive rights to provide services. Clinical issues have long been mandated to be within the purview of the medical staff but exclusive contracting gives hospitals the ability to contract for higher standards of quality of care. The severity of the Economy decision calls into question the accepted approach to exclusive contracts. Read More ›

On October 26, 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration released an update to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) Guidebook, a manual that provides guidance on the requirements established by the laws governing the NPDB. The Guidebook is not updated on any set schedule - the previous amendments to the Guidebook occurred in April 2015 and were the first updates since 2001. While most of the 2018 revisions can be categorized as minor changes, the 2018 NPDB Guidebook does contains a number of new sections and clarifications that Medical Staffs and other peer review bodies should be aware of. We will be following up on the effect of the revisions on an on-going basis, but want to give clients and friends a preliminary summary of some of the key revisions affecting peer review bodies. Read More ›

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