According to a 2013 study by the Doctor's Company, there has been a rise in hospitalist malpractice claims in recent years. "We believe that as hospitalists continue to fill more roles within the hospital, and higher demands are placed on them, the risk of being sued may also increase," Robin Diamond, Doctors Company's chief patient safety officer told American Medical News.
Hospitalists are physicians who focus on the care of patients in hospitals. The specialty has grown rapidly in the last few years, which could partially account for the rise in medical malpractice claims against hospitalists. Between 2007 and 2012, there were at least 247 claims against hospitalists. The majority of those claims - 34 percent - were diagnosis errors such as failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis. Other frequent claims against hospitalists included neurological errors and mistakes during spinal cord care.