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Hospitals responsible when independent physicians behave badly

Hospitals may try to hide behind the fact that they do not directly employ the offending physician. However, this is a thin defense, says Michael McAuliffe Miller, Esq., an attorney at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, in Harrisburg, PA. Just because a hospital doesn’t directly employ an independent physician doesn’t mean the organization isn’t liable for the doctor’s behavior.