Consultations and/or Referrals, Mandatory

Privileges are granted on the basis of documented training and/or experience, demonstrated abilities and current competence. Therefore, mandatory consultations and/or referrals for groups of physicians based on specialty classification or department membership without reference to individual capabilities are clearly discriminatory. (1982) (2008)

Regarding consultations in general, the AAFP policy on consultation/backup states that: "The use of consultation serves as a means of maintaining a high standard of professional care. The American Academy of Family Physicians believes that all members of a medical staff should have access to consultation when necessary, and that such consultation, when requested in a timely and appropriate manner, shall not be arbitrarily refused. In those instances in which consultation or backup is required by the medical staff of a hospital, it is the ethical responsibility of the medical staff of that hospital to provide timely consultation or backup." (1986) (2013 COD)