Monthly Archive for January, 2009

Choosing Your Attorney

Being represented by a bad attorney is often worse than not being represented at all. This is especially true for physicians who are the victims of sham peer review. Although the idea of being represented by Marcus Welby MD/JD might seem like a good idea, in most cases a doctor would be better served by a career attorney with significant experience in administrative, credentialing and regulatory matters. (more)

Yakima MD Sues Hospital for Retaliation

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that a local obstetrician is accusing Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, its chief executive and two doctors of trying to drive her out of business by ruining her reputation with “spurious” inquiries about the way she practices medicine.

Dr. Diana Smigaj, 60, who has practiced obstetrics and gynecology in Yakima since 1995, alleges in a lawsuit filed in November that the hospital has targeted her over the years because she is a woman and “a serious competitive threat” to its control over birth and maternity care in Yakima County. (more here )