Lessons On Peer Review For Calif. Hospitals And Physicians

Law360, New York (June 27, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT) -- On June 6, 2013, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously in El-Attar v. Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center that the delegation of a peer-review matter to the hospital’s governing board did not violate a physician’s common law right of fair procedure. The El-Attar case includes valuable lessons for both hospitals and physicians.

In El-Attar, the California Supreme Court determined that while a hospital’s governing board must give great weight to the actions of the medical staff, it may take unilateral action if warranted. It also clarified that...
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