AAFP’s Hospital Credentialing Resource Center Now Includes a New Legal Opinion

The AAFP recently made several resources available covering the basics of hospital privileging and credentialing. Just this week, a new legal opinion was added to assist AAFP members struggling to gain hospital privileges for which they are qualified. Commissioned by the AAFP, the opinion reviews applicable law to “determine the extent to which hospitals and physicians may be liable for the denial of medical staff membership or privileges to perform specific procedures based on factors other than demonstrated experience, training and competencies of the physician in question.” Additional information on AAFP’s Hospital Privileging for Family Physicians page includes an overview of the basic privileging/credentialing process, insight into medical staff bylaws, and describes the basics of dispute avoidance.