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Partner Michael Callahan Discusses Issues Facing Medical Boards in Credentialing & Peer Review Legal Insider

Firm News | January 30, 2014

Michael Callahan, a partner in the Health Care practice, spoke extensively with Credentialing & Peer Review Legal Insider regarding perceived problems within the medical board system. Multiple investigations have criticized state medical boards for failing to take action against physicians after repeated findings of misconduct that seriously impact patient safety. Michael noted that limited resources make it difficult for boards to take action against physicians, especially if the board doesn’t have an airtight case as an extensive legal battle may result. Additionally, peer review laws keep information confidential, meaning the findings may not materialize in the physician’s medical record. He added, “I definitely think there is some fair criticism that even when [medical boards] find issues, they aren’t as aggressive in following up and taking action, but they do have at least one hand tied behind their backs.” (“Medical Boards Continue to Struggle With Managing Poorly Performing Physicians,” February 2014)

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