Liability impact of the hospitalist model of care.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
This review of closed malpractice claims found that hospitalists are less likely to be subject to malpractice claims than other internal medicine physicians and specialists. These findings counter the concern that hospitalists raise liability risk due to discontinuity of care. A related editorial suggests that an emphasis on diagnostic safety and interprofessional communication would improve safety in acute care settings with hospitalists.