Hospital Privileging for Family Physicians

All physicians should obtain hospital privileges in accordance with their individual qualifications (i.e., documented training and/or experience, demonstrated abilities, and current competence).

Family physicians should have access to their patients in all areas of a health care facility, including special/critical care units through appropriate privileging.

Hospitals have a medical and legal responsibility, and accountability to conduct a thorough, comprehensive credentialing process. The process of credentialing and privileging ensures both quality patient care and the ability of qualified, well-trained family physicians to provide that care.
The following links include American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) resources for family physicians seeking information about hospital credentialing and privileging.