Heightened malpractice risk for hospitalist physicians in the USA: what to know and what to do


Hospitalists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and institutions are all at risk for the potential professional liability issues. The unique relationship between healthcare providers and their sponsoring institution generates complex and evolving legal issues for all participants. The law has played a great role integrating quality care and patient safety with physicians, while providing an avenue for relief when a medical error occurs. The intersection of law and medicine, while allowing for optimal patient care, exposes participating medical providers and the sponsoring institutions to specific professional liability issues. This article addresses the heightened medical practice risk that hospitalist physicians' encounter in today's practice of hospital medicine.

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