Michael Callahan, a partner in the firm’s Health Care Practice, was quoted in an article in Credentialing and Peer Review Legal Insider on fair hearings for advanced practice professionals (APPs). Since APPs are not technically medical staff members, they are not granted the same hearing rights as physicians. In the article, Mr. Callahan explains that there should be certain rights for a fair hearing and appeals process for APPs, including written notice and the opportunity to defend themselves. He also strongly recommends that any final decisions should be made by a non-competing hospital administrator or Board. “If you get the hospital’s blessing, either in the form of an appeal or review, that has the effect of insulating the physicians from legal action [by the APP],” he says. (“Streamline fair hearings for APPs, but don’t cut corners,” November 2009)