Lessons Learned - Hospitalist Malpractice Claims Study

Program Description

Physicians learn through the experience of others in their specialty are of practice. This course presents the findings from The Doctors Company 2016 study of 464 claims against hospitalists that closed from 2007–2014. The study included all claims and lawsuits (cases) in which a hospitalist was named as a defendant regardless of the outcome. The course presents the results of the study for hospitalists to better understand what motivates patients to pursue claims, to gain a broader overview of the system failures and processes that resulted in patient harm, and to learn strategies they can use to mitigate risk. 


After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Identify most frequent allegations related to care provided by hospitalists based on the analysis of malpractice claims.
  • Recognize the most common types and causes of injuries to patients under the care of a hospitalist.
  • Use one or more strategies to enhance patient care, improve patient safety and decrease the risk of a malpractice claim.


No individual in a position to control or influence the content of this activity has reported relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. No commercial support was provided for this activity. 

Course Developers

Darrell Ranum, JD, CPHRM, Vice President, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, NE Region, The Doctors Company

Julie Hopkins, MA, MBA, Director, Continuing Medical Education, Patient Safety and Risk Management Department, The Doctors Company

Continuing Education Credit

The Doctors Company is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education activities for physicians.

The Doctors Company designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Doctors Company estimates one hour for completion of this course. A passing score of 80 percent or greater is required to successfully complete the activity and earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Course ID#: TDE 16008.0
Issue Date for This Activity: 07/22/2016
Expiration Date for This Activity: 07/31/2020

Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

The Doctors Company is required to submit learner completion data for physicians who seek recognition of completion of this accredited CME activity for the ABIM MOC requirements. The information you provide will be used for this purpose and will not be shared. The data is submitted to the certifying boards through the ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). The completion data includes information from your profile and additional data requested on the evaluation form for this course. We can only submit your completion data if you provide the additional information.  Your credit will be reported by The Doctors Company on your behalf within 30 days’ post completion of this course.

American Board of Internal Medicine

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.0 MOC points (and Patient Safety MOC credits) in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit. 


The information and guidelines contained in this enduring material activity are generalized and may not apply to all practice situations. The faculty recommends that legal advice be obtained from a qualified attorney for specific application to your practice. The information is intended for educational purposes only.

Complies with State Requirements
Please SEE the Federation of State Medical Boards overview of Continuing Medical Education requirements by State.   

Technical Requirements

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Contact Us

If you have questions, contact educationsupport@thedoctors.com or call 800.421.2368, extension 1243.