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Barnes & Thornburg's healthcare attorneys represent hospitals, medical staffs and licensed professionals on matters related to credentialing and peer review activities. We advise hospitals about their obligations under their medical staff bylaws. We understand that the goal of every hospital is to promote patient safety and the delivery of high quality care through their medical professionals. We use our experience, judgment and assessment of the facts and circumstances to offer practical general counsel about how to achieve these goals in a manner that complies with the law.

We represent individual physicians, dentists, nurses and allied health professionals, as well as physician groups and multi-specialty clinics, and other facilities in the areas of credentialing, quality assurance and peer review. We assist medical staffs and provider associations by preparing bylaws and policies to govern credentialing and peer review activities that comport with the requirements of state and federal laws, including the Health Care Quality Improvement Act and accreditation requirements of The Joint Commission and other accrediting agencies.

Clients turn to us to manage issues related to the protection of peer review documents and the sharing of peer review and credentialing information.

We represent individual practitioners and provider groups in connection with facility administrative proceedings and hearings concerning the qualifications of providers, professional competence, and professional/personal conduct. We advise clients about their rights and duties in connection with the process of application and re-application of providers for privileges. Our attorneys act as advocates for clients appearing before administrative panels and state licensure boards, and defend clients in peer review proceedings that could result in reports to the National Practitioner Data Bank and state agencies.

Our healthcare attorneys also work closely with Barnes & Thornburg's litigation attorneys to provide clients with a comprehensive approach to credentialing and peer review activities.

Practice Leaders

Laura Seng

Laura D. Seng

Healthcare Department Chairperson

South Bend

P 574-237-1129

F 574-237-1125

Mark Rust

Mark E. Rust

Vice Chair, Firm Management Committee


P 312-214-8309

F 312-759-5646




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