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A Little History Related to Pre-Applications

Medical staff professionals were advised by hospital attorneys years ago (in the early to mid-80’s) that costly, time-consuming hearings could be avoided by developing and utilizing a pre-application process. The theory was that the potential medical staff applicant should be informed “upfront” what qualifications must be met to receive an application for membership, and therefore be considered an “applicant.”

The pre-application was a “screening process” for a practitioner requesting an application for medical staff membership. It was utilized to assure the hospital and medical staff that the potential applicant met the basic minimum criteria for membership (at this point in time, there wasn’t much privileging criteria). In other words, it was felt to be a “waste of time” both for the applicant and hospital, for an application to be accepted by a hospital when the practitioner did not meet minimum criteria for membership. Read more