Arkansas Court Decision Prohibits Hospital Economic Credentialing Policy

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An Arkansas Circuit Court has ruled that Baptist Health, Arkansas' largest hospital system, cannot deny physicians' privileges if they are financially invested in a competitor, according to an AMA news release and news reports.

The suit against Baptist Health was brought by a group of 12 physicians, the American Medical Association and the Arkansas Medical Society.

The suit was filed by the plaintiffs when Baptist restricted hospital admitting privileges of physicians who held a financial stake in competing facilities.

The court's ruling prohibits the economic credentialing policy and cites the protection of the patient-physician relationship as the key determinate of the case.

Read the AMA's release about the ruling against hospital economic credentialing.

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