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If the application is denied, the denial will then need to be reported to subsequent hospitals and more likely will then become the basis for denial from other hospitals. How can you get the hospital to define the reason for delaying or denying privileges so that an otherwise good neurosurgeon is not labeled and impeded in hospital after hospital? Citing confidentiality doesnt preclude a hospital for giving an explanation (its been nearly six months and no response). Some references listed state that they have not even been called (lack of due diligence). A vendetta can keep me from gaining privileges?
If the hospital does not share the reason and does not show you the file , how can you respond or alleviate there concern? How do you know that others before you have not been granted privileges in a similar situation? What if due diligence was not conducted and can be proven? How do you know, in fact, that the hospital is not discriminating?
BTW, for seven years of practice, I have never been denied privilges and for the first time with a clean record I am being delayed and potentially denied. Can the hospital share the letter or its content with me without a lawsuit? Even if you sue the individual for defamation , is the hospital obligated under NY state to release the letter if they are subpoened or can they cite confidentiality?
Does the NY hospital risk being sued by the individual who wrote the defamatory letter if the hospital shows me the letter since the individual asked to keep it confidential and anonymous?
Is there a potential criminal component when someone writes a false and slanderous letter to the credentialing committee? Does it matter if the slanderous letter is from someone associated with a federally funded university or a private practice associated with federal programs i.e Medicare/Medicaid
If the individuals work for a university, are they not accountable to the university or to professional organiaztions (medical board, specialty board, hospital ethics committee) when they slander?
What if the nature of the slander is a form of discrimination? Aren't universities obligated to abide by federal civil rights laws?
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