February 8, 2023

Volume XIII, Number 39

Erin L. Muellenberg

Erin Muellenberg brings a strong skillset to her exclusive practice of medical staff law. As a former Director of Medical Staff Services in a large community-based hospital, she is intimately familiar with the daily operations of the Medical Staff Organization and its governance process. Erin’s practice focuses on advising hospitals, health systems, critical access hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and medical groups on the regulatory, compliance, and practical requirements for interfacing the medical staff and allied health professional staff with hospital operations.

Erin’s representative work includes: 

  • Development of model bylaws and a fair hearing plan for a large hospital system that includes mediation, arbitration and dedicated hearing panels

  • Organized large multi-state provider group into peer review body and established bylaws, policies, rules and regulations related to credentialing, peer review and self-governance

  • Established sharing agreements between medical group and hospital  and within multi-hospital system

  • Developed bylaws and governance documents for multi-hospital unified medical staff

  • Litigation multiple medical staff hearings, governing board appellate hearings and associated writs of mandamus

  • Development and assisted with implementation of individual provider remediation plans

  • Advise and assist with management and self-disclosure of medical staff compliance matters

  • Support and strengthen Well-Being Committee processes

  • Assist and advise on combining separate facility medical staffs

  • Code of conduct, general and department specific rules and regulations, and policies and procedure development, review and revision

  • Develop and advise on processes for strengthening credentialing, peer review and information sharing

  • Managing and advising on disciplinary processes for employed providers

  • Development of general and facility specific medical staff leadership and orientation programs

Erin has significant experience with assisting health systems with acquisitions. Specifically, this includes:

  • Evaluation and risk assessment of proposed acquisition’s organized  Medical Staff, including high profile peer review and disciplinary matters

  • Revision of Medical Staff Bylaws, Rules, Regulations, Policies and Procedures consistent with new structure

  • Unification or standardization of Medical Staffs between multiple hospitals

  • Establishment of new structure and basic qualifications working with the governing body and Medical Staff

Erin frequently writes and lectures on a variety of health law topics, including credentials, peer review, compliance, provider health and well-being, risk management, and the medical staff fair hearing process. She is a also an active member of California and National Association of Medical Staff Services, California Society for Healthcare Attorneys, and American Health Lawyers Association.

Articles in the National Law Review database by Erin L. Muellenberg