Wednesday, August 22, 2012 Medical staff has no standing to sue hospital, court rules

The Minnesota Medical Assn. and others say the case’s final ruling could put staff rights at risk.

Alicia Gallegos, Aug. 20, 2012.

A physician medical staff is not an independent, unincorporated body and therefore cannot sue the hospital where it operates, a Minnesota court has ruled. The decision answers one question in a legal dispute between a group of doctors and Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center, but other issues remain.

A judge still must decide if hospital bylaws should be considered a contract between doctors and medical centers, and if hospital administrators can unilaterally repeal those rules.

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