Malpractice risk claims are high for hospitalists

Hospitalists are at particular risk for malpractice allegations because of the high acuity levels of the patients they teat, according to a study from The Doctors Company. Researchers analyzed 464 claims between 2007 and 2014 independent of outcome and found that 78 percent of claims against hospitalists featured allegations of either failed, delayed or incorrect diagnoses; medication-related errors; or improper treatment management. "This study brings to light the particular challenges faced by hospitalists who manage high-acuity patients, have limited access to patients' past medical histories, and often receive patients with serious conditions," David B. Troxel, M.D., medical director for The Doctors Company, said in a statement. Study announcement