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    Default Malpractice Liability Risk for Physicians Who Work with Nurse Practitioners

    My question involves malpractice in the state of: Connecticut

    Hi,

    I have a quick question. I recently got hired by a multi specialty
    group who are contracting with multiple hospitals in Connecticut. I'll
    be working with a nurse practitioner. My employer told me that the
    nurse practitioner can practice independently without a physician
    supervision. I don't need to cosign her notes. However. I am still her
    supervising physician just in case she has any questions. In fact, she
    is at that facility 100% of her time while I'm only there 50% of my
    time because I have to cover another facility as well.

    Question is if the nurse practitioner gets sued by a patient who was
    seen by her independently, could I be named in a lawsuit against the
    nurse practitioner?

    For example, she sees a patient independently and orders tests/imaging
    herself on Monday when I'm not there. Because it's a complicated case
    and she's not sure what she is supposed to do with the results. On
    Tuesday, she asks me for my opinion. I give her my opinion. She
    communicates with the patient and manages the patient independently.
    I've never seen or touched that patient. God forbid, if the nurse
    practitioner gets sued by that patient, could I be named in a lawsuit
    against the nurse practitioner?

    Thanks !!!

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    Default Re: Malpractice Liability Risk for Physicians Who Work with Nurse Practitioners

    Quote Quoting green onion
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    Question is if the nurse practitioner gets sued by a patient who was
    seen by her independently, could I be named in a lawsuit against the
    nurse practitioner?
    Of course.

    It's almost a certainly that you will be named along with your employer.

    That's why you have malpractice insurance.

    That's why your employer has malpractice insurance.

    Do you not know what your malpractice insurance does for you?

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    Default Re: Malpractice Liability Risk for Physicians Who Work with Nurse Practitioners

    Quote Quoting green onion
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    My question involves malpractice in the state of: Connecticut

    Question is if the nurse practitioner gets sued by a patient who was seen by her independently, could I be named in a lawsuit against the nurse practitioner?
    You may always be sued. But whether that suit would be successful or even survive a motion to dismiss depends on the details of what the plaintiff can prove occurred. If you did what you were supposed to do in supervising the nurse then you aren't liable for that even if the nurse screws up. Of course, if the nurse is found liable the medical practice employing the nurse will also be liable.

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