Lanwood V. Seeger: A Cautionary Tale

Law360, New York (May 14, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that a state law giving a Florida hospital expansive authority in matters of physician credentialing and peer review is unconstitutional. Lawnwood Medical Center Inc. v. Seeger, 990 So. 2d 503 (Fla. 2008)

The Lawnwood decision illustrates the inherent tension between hospitals and their medical staffs in matters of hospital governance, and serves as a reminder that hospital boards must carefully balance legal and practical considerations when dealing with these matters, in particular those related to physician credentialing and peer review....
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