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  • Education
    • J.D., cum laude, Western State College of Law at Argosy University, 1988, Law Review contributor
    • B.S., cum laude, Western State College of Law at Argosy University, 1987, Law
    • Certificate, Certified Professional Medical Service Management
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 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.
  • Represented Medical Executive Committee ("MEC") in contentious hearing with a dedicated hearing panel that was able to be completed within two weeks. Finding for the MEC and upheld on appeal. 
  • Successfully represented hospital in identification and self-disclosure of multiple missing attestation forms, saving approximately $4 million. 
  • Successfully negotiated a resolution and exit strategy for disruptive provider with state and federal reporting. 
  • Successfully managed a senior physician through the well-being process and assisted hospital in development of late career practitioner policy. Reached settlement and resolution of contentious hearing through mediation. 
  • Advised and assisted a governing board in understanding and accepting the recommended provider termination action. 
  • Assisted a large medical group in becoming an organized peer review body and developing corresponding governance structure and fair hearing plan.
  • Developed corrective action and hearing procedures for peer review bodies which included mediation, alternative dispute resolution and dedicated hearing panel clauses.
  • Established peer review sharing arrangements between acute care hospitals and clinics, foundations and medical groups.
  • Established and provided external peer review services to multiple hospitals and health systems throughout the country; negotiating to successful resolution physician disciplinary problems.
  • Litigated multiple medical staff hearings, governing board appellate hearings and wrote and responded to associated writs of mandamus.
  • Successfully guided an all physician Board to develop and implement a strategic plan and recruitment and retention program that has improved care and increased profits.
  • Guided and assisted in the negotiation of significant increases in contracts with major health insurers; revised and implemented bylaws.
  • Established and grew the Managed Care Litigation Unit for a large healthcare corporation, recovering in excess of $60 million in underpayments.
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November 2018
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November 2018
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Hiding in Plain Sight: Credentialing Gone Wrong
Presenter, NAMSS Annual Conference
October 3, 2018
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Case Studies: The Names Have Been Changed….
Presenter, NAMSS Annual Conference
October 3, 2018
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Medical staff insight, peer review analysis, and updates for health care organizations presented quarterly by the nation’s health care law firm of the year.1
September 2018
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Credentialing, Peer Review and Information Sharing
TJC Pain Standards Update
Presenter, CAMSS Desert Chapter
August 10, 2018
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Incentivizing Your Medical Staff to Engage in Peer Review
Case Studies:  The New, the Unusual and the Challenging
Presenter, MTAMSS Annual Conference
June 14-16, 2018
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The New, The Strange & The Familiar: Challenging Case Studies
Presenter, San Fernando Valley/Ventura CAMSS Chapter
February 24, 2018
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Medical Staff Leadership Orientation/Case Studies
Presenter, Legacy Health
January 26, 2018
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Medical Staff Leadership Orientation
Presenter, St. Joseph Hospital
January 13, 2018