Hospitals may have to pay when outsourced doctors are negligent

A Massachusetts judge recently ruled in Beauregard v Peebles that a hospital can be held responsible for the medical mistakes of a physician who is classified as an independent contractor, the Legal Laser reported on March 2.

A patient who underwent surgery at a private hospital Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham and Natick became paralyzed after a doctor at the hospital gave her anesthesia, inserting it directly into her spine before the surgery to manage the level of pain she would feel while under surgery. Although the doctor was not classified as an employee, his title was Chief of Anesthesia, he wore a coat with his name and the hospital’s name on it, and the form the patient signed did not indicate that he was an independent contractor.

Many hospital have begun hiring doctors and other staff on a contract basis to limit their liability, but this can seriously limit a medical malpractice victim’s options for recourse.

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Resolution programs enacted at Massachusetts hospitals

CARe is a new system enacted by two Massachusetts hospitals to encourage greater resolution between medical malpractice victims who want closure and the medical facilities that may have made a mistake, New England Public Radio reported on October 2.

Previously, hospitals would deny and allegations of medical malpractice and aggressively defend against them. However, this prevents families from getting closure and also stops hospitals from improving. Baystate Health and Beth Israel Deaconess are spearheading the program to make it possible for patients to know the truth about their case and what will be done to prevent future occurrences of error.

The program is entitled CARe, which stands for communication, apology, and resolution. After reviewing 100 cases, Baystate administrators found six they believe deserved an apology and further resolution. In some cases, compensation was included, although how much and to whom was not disclosed.

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