Physicians with a "direct or indirect ownership interest in a direct competitor of the district" are not eligible for active medical staff membership in the regional system.A direct competitor of the district is defined as "the Mary Black Health System, Mary Black Hospital or another component of the Mary Black Health System or any successor or affiliate entity."Physicians with an ownership interest in a direct competitor are denied the right to receive an application or reapplication to Spartanburg Regional's active medical staff.Competing physicians are not entitled to a hearing or appellate review upon denial of their request for an active medical staff application.Competing physicians may apply for membership on the "continuity medical staff." They are not eligible to vote for or hold medical staff office and may not attend medical staff meetings and committee meetings unless the meeting is devoted to peer review of their clinical performance. They may not participate in conferences and medical educational programs unless given written approval by the chief of staff or an appropriate department chair.Competing physicians will be monitored for inappropriate utilization, including but not limited to refusal to admit a patient to the hospital despite the patient's request or a shift in the number or type of admissions that affect the number of "slow-pay, no-pay or high-pay cases."Competing physicians who are guilty of "inappropriate channeling or other practices determined by the hospital to be associated with an active conflict of interest" will lose admitting privileges.
Source: Physicians' lawsuit