Fenton Nelson has been widely recognized as a leader in the area of physician peer review and credentialing. We represent physicians and other healthcare providers throughout all phases of medical staff privilege disputes, including investigations and peer review hearings.
When peer review bodies restrict privileges or even when physicians resign during investigations, the consequent reporting to the Medical Board of California under California Business & Professions Code Section 805 and to the National Practitioner Data Bank can wreak havoc on physicians’ lives. We work with our clients to avoid reportable events and defend our clients against peer review proposed actions in staff privilege hearings.
We are known for landmark decisions expanding physician rights, such as our victory in Sahlolbei v. Providence Healthcare, Inc. (2003) 112 Cal. App. 4th 1137. In the recent case of Hayes vs. Cedars Sinai, Fenton Nelson’s victory established the right of a physician to a hearing when his application for staff privileges was denied.
Recently, we have represented numerous physicians employed by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in a wave of peer review actions flowing from Plata v. Davis.
Fenton Nelson also works with provider-owned healthcare facilities to ensure compliance with the requirements of the peer review process. We are relied upon as authorities on all aspects of the peer review and credentialing process. Our attorneys have also been asked to serve as hearing officers in peer review hearings.