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Hospitals Can Face Tricky Questions Regarding the Americans With Disabilities Act

Many hospitals have policies that staff privileges will not be granted to a physician whose medical license has ever been suspended or revoked or require physicians to meet certain mental or physical requirements to be granted staff privileges. Such requirements have the potential when applied to violate Title III of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

Nevertheless, a hospital may exclude a disabled individual from staff privileges if:

The key is to address doctors applying for staff privileges as individuals and not to make assumptions.

This article appeared in the May 2007 issue of Atlanta Hospital News.


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