Medical Staff Privilege and Credentialing Issues

Sansweet, Dearden and Burke, Ltd. (SDB) represents health care professionals when issues arise with the medical staff of any hospital where the professional has privileges. Our representation can be helpful during preliminary negotiations when skill, behavior, or impairment issues require early intervention and planning. A professional may have more options when discussions begin before a formal investigation is actually initiated.

SDB also provides guidance when a formal investigation begins for a possible violation of the medical staff by-laws, department rules, standards of conduct, and/or standard of care issues.

Sanctions and Hearings

We also have experience representing professionals when they receive notice of the intent to impose a sanction. For example, the professional must decide whether to request a due process hearing. Due process hearings are administrative in nature and are conducted expeditiously. SDB attorneys provide prompt analysis and a proactive approach that allows the professional to resolve these medical staff issues and move forward with his or her career.

These same due process concepts apply when a professional faces: 1) de-credentialing by Medicare, Medicaid, or commercial payors; or 2) discipline form the various Specialty Boards that threatens their Board Certification. We have successfully represented professionals in these forums.