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Medical Staff & General Counsel Services

Medical Staff & General Counsel Services

Medical Staff Services

A Medical Staff is a legal entity comprised of the organized body of licensed physicians who are permitted by law and by a hospital through the credentialing and privileging process to render medical care within that hospital or facility. The organized Medical Staff performs essential hospital functions even though it may often consist primarily of independent practicing physicians who are not hospital employees. The core responsibilities of the organized Medical Staff are the promotion of patient safety and the quality of care.

In the current landscape of more and more health systems acquiring hospitals and their subsidiaries purchasing or leasing medical practices or employing physicians, it is imperative that organized Medical Staffs maintain their autonomy and voice in the hospital landscape. At times, the interests of the health system and hospital substantially diverge from the Medical Staff, which only makes separate legal representation for the Medical Staff so crucial. The Nan Gallagher Law Group provides skilled oversight and input for Medical Staffs in their business affairs, credentialing, physician monitoring, regulatory compliance, bylaws, and disciplinary actions. Ensuring that the Medical Staff’s autonomy and physicians’ rights are maintained, we work hand in hand with physician leadership at the officer and departmental levels to honor these goals.

The Firm is proud to serve as Medical Staff Counsel to the following independent organized Medical Staffs:

  • Morristown Medical Center
  • Hackettstown Medical Center
  • Newton Medical Center
  • Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center
  • CarePoint Hoboken University Medical Center
  • CarePoint Christ Hospital
  • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset

General Counsel Services For Associations & Medical Practices

The Firm also serves as General Counsel to countless private medical practices and medical associations. Under our General Counsel agreements, our clients are afforded bumper-to-bumper healthcare services for all of their practices’ and organizations’ needs as well as a discount on all other legal services The Nan Gallagher Law Group provides. We are also proud to offer our organized entity clients prepaid legal services plans as a supplement to professional liability coverage. The Nan Gallagher Law Group has been recognized as one of a select few law firms in the State of New Jersey to offer our organized entity clients prepaid legal services plans as a supplement to professional liability coverage. For more information, see our Scepter Program.

We also provide monthly retainer plans to our medical practice clientele offering a diverse selection of legal services for one low monthly fee coupled with a discount on all other services not covered under the monthly plan.

The Firm is proud to serve as General Counsel to the following medical associations:

  • Professional Assistance Program of New Jersey
  • New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons
  • New Jersey Psychiatric Association
  • New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine
  • New Jersey Podiatric Medical Society