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Employment Trends in Health Care Complicate Liability Issues

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Hospitals and other medical care entities are increasingly hiring -- rather than contracting with -- physicians, and healthcare professionals such as physicians' assistants and certified nurse practitioners are taking on greater roles in the delivery of healthcare services. These evolving employment trends in health care organizations add new complications -- and possibly more opportunity for claims -- in the medical professional liability line of insurance, according to Laurel Byerly, senior vice president for Western Litigation, a third party administrator that manages medical malpractice claims and litigation for self-insured entities.

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