All physicians should obtain hospital privileges in accordance with their individual qualifications, i.e., documented training and/or experience, demonstrated abilities, and current competence. Scope-of-practice issues can be a crucial battleground for family physicians. The AAFP has information on avoiding privileging disputes, delineation forms, and handling privileging problems when they arise.
A family physician needs to know what to do when faced with a privileging battle.
Protocol for problems in obtaining or modifying hospital privileges, which has been approved by the AAFP Board of Directors.
The privilege delineation form is an administrative tool to assist the applicant's department and/or the credentials/executive committee to determine which privileges the applicant is qualified to obtain.
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