This Article will explore, from a legal perspective, the dynamics of the changing relationships between hospitals and their medical staffs. Specifically, the Article will discuss hospital strategies for maximizing the efficiency of their medical staff operations. In this regard, the discussion will encompass two general areas: (1) the use of agreements and policies that restrict access to medical staff membership; and, (2) the development of economic criteria to assess physicians for appointment and reappointment to medical staffs. Both of these general areas of discussion entail significant legal issues that have never been extensively explored and hold the potential to reshape the balance of hospital operations.
John D. Blum, Hospital-Medical Staff Relations in the Face of Shifting Institutional Business Strategies: A Legal Analysis, 14 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 561 (1991).