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Barnes & Thornburg's healthcare lawyers represent hospitals and medical staffs throughout the country on a wide range of complex issues unique to their relationships and duty to promote high quality care in a fair and effective manner.

We educate physicians and hospital leaders about their roles in assuring that the medical staff bylaws comply with Medicare's conditions of participation and The Joint Commission's standards. We offer advice about how important it is for medical staffs and hospitals to act in accordance with the medical staff bylaws. While we are effective advocates for our clients, we are mindful that the ultimate goals of medical staffs and hospitals are the same - the promotion of high quality of care. We use our knowledge of the law and our experience working with medical staff projects to understand and respect different perspectives. We use strong communication skills to forge mutually acceptable resolution to conflicts that frequently occur between medical staffs and hospitals.

When appropriate we employ innovative and collaborative solutions to address challenges that can seem insurmountable. Barnes & Thornburg lawyers draw upon the firm's experience in several areas of the law, including The Joint Commission regulations, state hospital licensing law, the Health Care Quality Improvement Act and National Practitioner Data Bank, state peer review laws and antitrust law. Our work on behalf of hospitals, medical staffs and individual physicians on medical staff matters enables our attorneys to bridge communication gaps to efficiently solve problems.

Our healthcare lawyers - experience includes drafting and revising medical staff bylaws to create accountability, effectiveness and due process that are practical and fair for all parties. We work with clients to ensure that the organizational structure and operations of the medical staff supports quality patient care. We review and prepare medical staff bylaw amendments to ensure compliance with state law and national accreditation requirements. We frequently assist clients in addressing issues that arise in staff departments related to elections, privileges, and operational issues.

We represent individual providers and facilities in contested medical staff hearings and appeals. We advise clients on National Practitioner Data Bank reporting issues. In addition, Barnes & Thornburg attorneys negotiate the terms of corrective action plans to achieve client goals, which often include change of behavior by affected practitioners in a manner that promotes the long-term best interests of providers and facilities. Our experience in representing both hospitals and individual providers gives us the credibility to work effectively with hospital and physician leaders in resolving these often complex matters.

Practice Leaders

Mark Rust

Mark E. Rust

Healthcare Department Chairperson


P 312-214-8309

F 312-759-5646


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