A recent Pennsylvania court decision has shed new light on how the court system looks at employee contracts between a physician and a hospital, with additional intriguing considerations regarding the role an NPDB report plays in a physician's termination.
Every medical staff has dealt with a version of this situation: A physician yells at a nurse during surgery or throws something in frustration. Suddenly the medical staff is faced with a problem: How do we deal with this potentially disruptive physician?
The role of advanced practice professionals (APP) has expanded considerably over the last several years, and as the number of practicing APPs continues to increase, this subset of medical professionals is expected to continue taking on greater responsibilities when it comes to patient care...
A key element to the physician credentialing and privileging process is querying the NPDB, a step that has become standard practice whenever a credentialing committee is considering a new candidate or an existing physician is renewing privileges.
Gone are the days where medical marijuana was only available in a few progressive states. Currently, 20 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws allowing physicians to recommend medical marijuana to patients.
Ideally, a more comprehensive drug testing policy that included preemployment and random drug testing would be built into the medical staff bylaws as part of the privileging and credentialing process, according to the authors of an April article in the Journal of the American Medical...
Drug testing upon employment is a fairly common practice across a variety of industries from blue collar manufacturing jobs to corporate administration. Additionally, many employers have developed policies around random drug testing.