Privileges Independent of Department Structure

Family medicine encompasses continuous, and comprehensive quality care, emphasizing patient advocacy. Family physicians should have access to their patients in all areas of a health care facility, including areas of high technological care, through appropriate privileging. Patients should have access to family physicians throughout the entire hospital. All medical staff members should recognize that overlap occurs between many specialties and that no one department "owns" or has exclusive rights to any particular privileges. (2002) (2013 COD)