Liability: Hospital Adequately Conveyed That Physicians Were Not Employees

October 1, 2013 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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An Illinois appellate court affirmed a lower court's decision to dismiss a lawsuit against a hospital after a patient alleged negligence against two independent physicians who were contracted to work on the hospital's campus, finding that the hospital adequately informed the plaintiff in the patient consent to treatment form that the physicians staffing the urgent care center were not employed by the hospital.

The patient experienced severe abdominal pain and asked his son to take him to the hospital; upon arriving on the campus, the patient went to the urgent care center. He signed a consent form for treatment, which stated that "physicians providing services to me . . . , such as my personal physician and...

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