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Steven V. Schnier

Counsel
San Francisco, CA
Steven V. Schnier

Steven V. Schnier

Counsel
San Francisco, CA

Steve Schnier is counsel in the Health Care Practice Group. Steve advises hospitals, medical staffs, physicians, medical staff services professionals, ambulatory surgery centers, physician groups, and other health care organizations on a full range of health law issues. He has extensive experience in the credentialing, peer review, quality assurance, and enterprise risk management areas. His practice includes both formal hearings and other proceedings on individual credentialing and peer review questions as well as advice concerning larger issues of medical staff and medical group structure and physician relations. Steve often serves as a hearing officer or legal advisor for physician hearing committees and appellate review bodies.

Steve also advises hospitals, surgery centers, medical staffs, and physician groups on mergers, consolidations, exclusive contracting issues, foundation relations, and related mixed patient care-economics topics.

Previous Work

Prior to joining Arent Fox, Steve was a partner in a prominent law firm with several offices in Northern California.

Professional Activities

Steve served as president of the California Society for Healthcare Attorneys after a six-year stint as a member of its Board of Directors. He is also a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and enjoyed a term as a Vice Chairman of its Medical Staff, Credentialing, and Peer Review Practice Group. In addition, he is a member of the California Association Medical Staff Services, the National Association Medical Staff Services, and the California Society for Healthcare Risk Management.

During his earlier years, Steve served on the San Francisco Medical Society-San Francisco Bar Association Interprofessional Committee and the California Medical Association-State Bar of California Interprofessional Committee.

Publications, Presentations and Recognitions

For more than thirty years, Steve has presented papers on credentialing and peer review issues to gatherings of the National Association Medical Staff Services, the California Association Medical Staff Services, the American Health Lawyers Association, the California Ambulatory Surgery Association, and the California Society for Healthcare Attorneys. He is an editor of and contributor to the American Health Lawyers Association's Peer Review Hearing Guidebook.

Steve’s recent publications and presentations include:

  • Peer Review Hearing Guidebook, contributor, American Health Lawyers Association; September 2013
  • “Medical Staff Credentialing: Responding to Credentialing Inquiries Safely and Ethically,” National Association Medical Staff Services Annual Meeting; September 2013
  • “Discovery in the World of Medical Staff and Medical Group Hearings,” California Society for Healthcare Attorneys; June 2012
  • “How to Conduct a Medical Staff Investigation of Allegations of Disruptive and Unprofessional Conduct,” California Association Medical Staff Services Annual Education Conference; May 2012
  • “Out-of Network Billing,” California Ambulatory Surgery Association; April 2012
  • “Medical Group Employment and Physician Peer Review: Oil and Water?” American Health Lawyers Association Hospitals and Health Systems Law Institute & Physicians and Physician Organizations Law Institute; February 2012
  • “Assembly Bill 655: Responding to Credentialing Inquiries,” co-presenter, California Association Medical Staff Services Bay Area Chapter; February 2012
  • “Senior Physicians,” California Association Medical Staff Services Bay Area Chapter; October 2011
  • “Physician Behavior Contracts,” California Association Medical Staff Services Bay Area Chapter; June 2011
  • “The California Legislature and Credentialing and Peer Review,” California Association Medical Staff Services Redwood Empire Chapter; June 2010
  • “Credentialing and Peer Review within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation,” California Society for Healthcare Attorneys Annual Meeting; April 2010
  • “The California Legislature and Credentialing and Peer Review,” California Association Medical Staff Services San Gabriel Chapter; December 2009
  • “The Joint Commission and CMS: Who’s Applying Now?” California Association Medical Staff Services Mid-Valley Chapter; April 2009
  • “Credentialing Criteria and Board Certification Requirements: Valuable or Verboten?” California Association Medical Staff Services San Diego Chapter; October 2008
  • Peer Review Hearing Guidebook, editor and contributor, American Health Lawyers Association; September 2008
  • “Codes of Conduct and Medical Staff Peer Review: Beware of Incompatibility,” California Association Medical Staff Services Redwood Empire Chapter; September 2008
  • “Physician Peer Review and ‘Whistleblowing’: Incompatible or Complementary,” California Ambulatory Surgery Association Annual Meeting; September 2008
  • “The Model Judicial Review Committee Hearing,” California Association Medical Staff Services Annual Education Conference; May 2008
  • “Peer Review Hearings: The Hearing Officer Training Program,” California Society for Healthcare Attorneys Fall Meeting; November 2007
  • “Truth or Consequences: Kadlec Medical Center v. Lakeview Anesthesia Associates and Lakeview Regional Medical Center/Credentialing Inquiries and the Potential for Liability,” California Association Medical Staff Services Steinbeck Chapter; September 2006
  • “The Model Judicial Review Committee Hearing,” California Association Medical Staff Services Annual Education Conference; April 2006
  • ”When the Worlds of Peer Review and Human Resources Collide,” California Association Medical Staff Services Redwood Empire Chapter; February 2006
  • “Kadlec Medical Center v. Lakeview Anesthesia Associates/Credentialing Inquiries and the Potential for Liability,” California Association Medical Staff Services Alameda Contra Costa Chapter; November 2005
  • “The National Practitioner Data Bank and You: The Keys to a Healthy Relationship,” American Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers Annual Meeting; March 2005
  • “Hearing Officer Training Program,” American Health Lawyers Association Hospitals and Health Systems Law Institute; February 2005

Chambers USA has recognized Steve as a “Leading Lawyer” and he has been listed by US News & World Report as among the “Best Lawyers” in America every year since 1995.

Life Beyond the Law

Steve endeavors to maintain a balance between devotion to the practice of law and meaningful involvement in the lives of his wife and four teenage children. He also participates in the activities of organizations that assist those on the autism spectrum. The moments that remain are spent reliving days gone by while playing one of his Rickenbacker guitars through a Vox amplifier, attending Giants games, and maintaining a very temperamental 1973 Lotus Europa Twin Cam Special.