Over time, medical staffs have become overwhelmed with the business of healthcare and have fallen asleep on a very critical issue: Medical Staff Bylaws. Physicians who think all bylaws are the same, that they are essentially meaningless and that medical staff members are powerless are simply wrong.
Medical staff bylaws are a contact between medical staff members and the hospital. That is settled law in Florida. Moreover, medical staff members need to know that they have certain rights under those bylaws and also rights afforded them by law, such as the right to a fair hearing if their privileges are reduced or stripped. Medical staff members need to keep the following sort of understandings in mind when reviewing medical staff bylaws: Continue reading