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Physicians Hail Arkansas Court Victory Against Baptist Health
Date:2/27/2009

ve staff privileges at multiple facilities, because the patient has a choice of facilities to select from that best suits their needs in terms of costs, quality and convenience," said AMS President David Jacks, M.D.

"This important court victory demonstrates that economic policies that restrict physician credentialing are really intended to prevent patients from choosing medical facilities that might compete with large hospitals," said Dr. Patchin. "Hospitals cannot use their financial interest to justify policies that interfere with patients' health care choices."

"Hospitals must address the economic realities of the health care environment through innovation and fair competition, rather than relying on unfair policies that restrict patient choice and impede the continuity of care," said Dr. Jacks.

The combined resources of organized medicine were brought to bear on this case through the Litigation Center of the AMA and State Medical Societies, which provided substantial financial support and, along with the Arkansas Medical Society, worked in support of the physicians who were subjected to Baptists' inappropriate credentialing policies.

"This case shows yet again that when doctors enlist the help of organized medicine, the best outcome for patients and doctors can be achieved," said Dr. Patchin.

Editor's Note: A copy of the court's decision is available on the AMA website at: http://www.ama-assn.org/ama1/pub/upload/mm/395/order-for-permanent-injunction.pdf


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