Quote from Jolie
You make some interesting points. But it is my understanding that PAs are not licensed to practice independently of physicians, so in effect, the physician is liable for errors the PA may make.
I realize that the deliberate actions of this assistant are not the equivalent of a PA's mistake, but practice agreements and licensing requirements make the physician responsible for the actions of his employees.
If the supervision agreement stated that the doc would see every patient the PA saw (far from necessary and not required by law in penn.) then yes the doctor is liable because he was not following his own agreement. However, if a PA makes a mistake completely independent of a doc's input the PA is the one who is liable. PAs are licensed
to practice medicine under the supervision of a physician.
The question is, why did the PA give steroids? Were they NASAL steroids? and if so, was the PA even that wrong or did the patient just not follow up appropriately. Then, beyond that, had the doctor's actually agreed to see every patient the PA saw or is that a misinterpretation.
In regards to your story, the assistant was an unlicensed medical person so they could not be held responsible for their own medical decisions. They COULD be put in jail for practicing medicine without a license though.
Thanks for sharing your story, we all learn a lot from (hopefully) other people's mistakes.