Our Lawyers Handle California Hospital Committee Issues
Resolving disputes between physicians and hospitals
Hospitals typically operate through numerous committees that handle a variety of focused matters. Ideally, doctors see eye to eye with committee members and share the same mission. However, professional disagreements are relatively common, with both sides being truly committed to doing the right thing for the hospital and its patients. However, these disputes are disruptive to medical facility operations, the doctors’ ability to practice and the quality of patient care.
Davis, Grass, Goldstein & Finlay is an Ontario-based law firm that concentrates our services solely on issues involving healthcare providers in Los Angeles and throughout California. Our team draws upon 150 years of combined experience to resolve complex problems that arise in the medical community.
When devising a strategy, our lawyers consider long-range goals in addition to immediate relief or recovery. Because we work only on health industry cases, we have substantial insight into the concerns and rights of hospitals and physicians, and we understand the consequences and rewards of the decisions we make.
The committee system allows several people to weigh in on important issues that affect a hospital. In this way, a healthcare facility receives the benefits of a team effort. However, whenever multiple personnel are involved in the decision-making process, disputes inevitably arise, even in the most unified committees. Most hospitals maintain numerous committees that regulate the following areas of operation:
- Quality assurance
- Credentialing and licensing
- Peer review
- Governance and nominating
- Audit and compliance
- Strategic planning
- Executive compensation and retention
- Physician relations
- Medical practice ethics
- Fundraising and development
- Community benefit and outreach
- Government relations
In addition to hospitals, specialty medical units and clinics often have specially designed committees and boards that handle relevant issues. For example, a clinic that contains an embryonic stem cell lab might have a bioethics committee that guides the research at its facility. A maternity ward might have a prenatal or breastfeeding outreach committee that oversees community awareness campaigns.
When disputes develop between doctors and committees
Doctors and committees do not always see eye to eye. When the dispute develops into a problem for the hospital or a physician, it is time to seek legal counsel. Our attorneys are skilled at facilitating win-win situations that are beneficial to all parties involved. However, we are first and foremost concerned with representing our clients’ interests and are willing to take a case the extra mile when certain issues are non-negotiable.
Receive the counsel you need to deal with committee-physician disputes
You need a levelheaded and pragmatic approach to diffusing a committee-physician disagreement. At Davis, Grass, Goldstein & Finlay , our lawyers know how to handle these and other everyday issues that arise in a medical care facility. To learn more about how we can help, call 909.476.2662 or contact our law firm online and schedule an appointment with our experienced attorneys. Located near the intersection of I-10 and I-15 and close to the Ontario International Airport, our Los Angeles-area firm represents hospitals and doctors throughout Southern California, including those in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.