My question involves malpractice in the state of: Connecticut
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
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?