Nurse practitioner and physician assistant advocates often assure physicians that they face little liability or risk when performing supervision, insisting that NPs and PAs are liable for their own errors. But case law examples demonstrate this to be false. If state law requires physician supervision or collaboration, the physician may be held vicariously liable in the event of negligence, even if they were not consulted by the nonphysician about the patient’s care.

Today we are talking with Nancy Berley MD and Shenary Cotter MD, family physicians who experienced negative repercussions when errors were made by associated nonphysicians.