The Americans With Disabilities Act provides protection for equal access to services end employment opportunities for qualified persons with disabilities. Because hospital privileges are essential to physician practice, this article investigates the role of the Americans With Disabilities Act in acquiring and maintaining these privileges. Recent findings from the Act's case law support the concept that: 1) an employer- employee relationship exists between the hospital and the non-staff physician for purposes of the Act's analysis, and thus, 2) the Act is applicable to questions of hospital privileges for non-staff physicians. Suggestions for ensuring patient welfare while maintaining compliance with the Act are discussed.
- Americans With Disabilities Act
- hospital privileges
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
- Clinical Neurology