A Minnesota ruling takes away a medical staff’s right to govern itself and make health care decisions that are best for patients, physicians say.
Alicia Gallegos, amednews staff. Oct. 17, 2012.
A judge has ruled in a Minnesota case that medical staff bylaws do not constitute a contract between physicians and hospitals.
The State of Minnesota District Court, 5th Judicial District, County of Lyon, said the creation of bylaws does not include the necessary legal requirements to make the regulations a binding contract. Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center in Marshall, Minn., had the authority to change the hospital’s former medical staff bylaws, and physicians must follow the latest rules, the court said in its Sept. 25 opinion.
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