mohr v grantham

In particular, the portions of her brain that were damaged are involved with motor control, sensation, and spatial reasoning. CP at 122. The majority opinion has the potential to alter health care in this state, as physicians would have to contemplate whether to provide an unprecedented level of care to avoid liability for even a slightly diminished *503 chance of a better outcome. The reporter's note explains that § 323 addressed affirmative duties, not causation or the nature of injury. Dr. Dawson discussed the situation with Dr. Brooks Watson II, and they agreed upon a treatment plan. The website cannot function properly without these cookies. at 634-35, 664 P.2d 474 (Pearson, J., plurality). ¶ 42 But in reality the problem remains. n (2010). Dr. Watson ordered intravenous heparin (an anticoagulant) for stabilization. at 342, 3 P.3d 211. It was arranged for Mrs. Mohr to be "life-flighted" to Harborview Medical Center. ¶ 40 The lost chance doctrine is also uniquely unfair because only the health care profession is exposed to liability under it. Id. The two-member lead opinion in Herskovits would alter the standard of proof. Dr. Grantham informed one of Mrs. Mohr's physician sons, Dr. Brandt Mohr, by phone that he would carry out another neurological assessment before discharging. ¶ 55 Moreover, the legislature is best positioned to consider the myriad of public policy matters implicated by the lost chance doctrine. King v. RCW 7.70.040. He still did not order anyone to administer anticoagulant therapy, antiplatelet agents, or any other treatment. 10, at 155-56, § 15.32, at 488 (3d ed. Clerk's Papers (CP) at 91, 94. The court concluded, “We find no meaningful difference between this and Herskovits' lost chance of survival.” Id. But humans must still effectuate the advances, and there are no guarantees notwithstanding our expectations. Physicians of different specialties are finding that new requirements are expected of them in their daily practice. Dr. Brian Dawson was the attending emergency room physician that morning. at 614, 664 P.2d 474. Id. [7] As noted above, neither the Richland Fire Department, the ambulance, the EMPs, Harborview, nor the doctors at Harborview were sued in this case. The x-rays and CT scan came back normal; they did not show any broken bones, fractures, dislocations, or intracranial injury. The plurality found it more analytically sound to conceive of the injury as the lost chance. More than a minor disagreement in Herskovits is involved, however. ¶ 16 Rather than looking to the causation element, the plurality opinion in Herskovits focused instead on the nature of the injury. To avoid the difficulty posed by this requirement, the majority recognizes a cause of action for which the plaintiff does not have to prove that "but for" the physician's negligence, the injury would not have occurred. RESTATEMENT (THIRD) OF TORTS: LIABILITY FOR PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL HARM § 26 cmt. Statistically, if all had received proper treatment, 33 would have lived and 66 would have died. [6] This statute was not considered in Herskovits. Not only does the doctrine not require proof of “but for” causation, “but for” causation cannot be proved in any event. Id. The lost chance doctrine adopted by the majority punishes physicians for negligent acts or omissions that cannot be shown to have caused any actual physical or mental harm. We find, on this evidence, a prima facie showing of duty, breach, injury in the form of a lost chance, and causation. Laws of 2011, ch. At the same time, medical science and technology are advancing at a phenomenal pace and our expectations based upon these advancements rise as they advance. Id. 1997). Both opinions found that “the loss of a less than even chance is a loss worthy of redress.” Id. ¶ 31 Under apparent authority, an agent (e.g., a doctor) binds a principal (e.g., a hospital) if objective manifestations of the principal “cause the one claiming apparent authority to actually, or subjectively, believe that the agent has authority to act for the principal” and such belief is objectively reasonable. Finally, discounting damages responds, to some degree, to this concern. He also ordered a computerized tomography (CT) scan of her head. In a medical malpractice case, for example, a plaintiff would traditionally seek to prove “cause in fact” by showing “that he or she would not have been injured but for the health care provider's failure to use reasonable care.” Hill v. Sacred Heart Med. at 634–35, 664 P.2d 474 (Pearson, J., plurality). Cf. Matsuyama, 452 Mass. In relevant part, chapter 7.70 RCW provides that, in order to prove "that injury resulted from the failure of the health care provider to follow the accepted standard of care," a plaintiff must establish: RCW 7.70.040. ¶ 32 KMC and the Mohrs dispute whether the Mohrs could and did reasonably believe that any of the codefendant physicians were employees or agents of KMC. He still did not order anyone to administer anticoagulant therapy, antiplatelet agents, or any other treatment. The critique of these three cases underscore the extent to which s ambiguities in loss-of-chance doctrine … Dist. I CONCUR: GERRY L. ALEXANDER, Justice. ¶ 73 Dr. Grantham returned at 7:56 p.m. to speak with Mrs. Mohr and her husband. We agree that. Id. 84712-6, Author: Berger, 144 Wash.2d at 105, 26 P.3d 257. Estate of Dormaier v. Columbia Basin Anesthesia, PLLC. In a medical malpractice case, for example, a plaintiff would traditionally seek to prove "cause in fact" by showing "that he or she would not have been injured but for the health care provider's failure to use reasonable care." Id. Around 11:30 a.m. Mrs. Mohr was transferred to the intermediate care unit, under the care of Dr. Brooks Watson. at 108, 268-70, 579 P.2d 970. During surgery, D determined that the right ear did not need to be operated on. Dr. Grantham and nursing staff noted that Mrs. Mohr had suffered injuries to her head, face, mouth, right forearm, and left leg due to the accident. In Mohr v. Grantham, 172 Wn. of the examination, the court's conclusion should be that extending the lost chance doctrine is incompatible with RCW 7.70.040 6 and that whether the doctrine should be adopted is a question that must be decided by the legislature. Ctr., Inc., 320 Md. Co., 117 Wash.2d 747, 753, 818 P.2d 1337 (1991). The two positions were not and are not the same. He did not. ¶ 52 Similarly, the Vermont Supreme Court reached the same conclusion in connection with its comparable state statute, observing that the statutory elements traditionally required that plaintiff produce evidence of a "`reasonable probability or reasonable degree of medical certainty' that the defendant's conduct caused the injury." But cf. ¶ 46 The "deterrence" justification identified by the majority is in fact unrelated to preventing harm-causing negligence. As Benjamin Cardozo famously explained long ago, “ ‘negligence in the air’ ” is not actionable. ¶ 36 A central tenet of tort liability for medical malpractice is that a plaintiff must. In Mohr v.Grantham, the Supreme Court of Washington recently extended the “lost chance of a better outcome” doctrine to medical malpractice cases in which the ultimate harm to the patient is disability rather than death.The State of Washington had previously recognized the doctrine in death cases. Mrs. Mohr was transported to receive the MRI at 9:30 a.m. ¶ 77 The results of the MRI, which came in by 10:32 a.m., led to the discovery of a dissected right internal carotid artery. Creating a unique profile web page containing interviews, posts, articles, as well as the cases you have appeared in, greatly enhances your digital presence on search engines such Google and Bing, resulting in increased client interest. By rejecting the traditional causation in favor of the possible deterrent effect of the lost chance doctrine, the majority imposes *501 liability for damages based on negligence alone—"negligence in the air. 19 Mohr v. Grantham No. What about a case where experts could present “evidence ... that an MRI misread on Monday, but accurately discerned on Friday, perhaps gives rise to an infinitesimal loss of a chance to recover. U.L.Rev. at 349, 3 P.3d 211. ¶ 44 Trying to skirt this obstacle by saying that "a plaintiff would still have to establish the loss of chance by a preponderance of the evidence," as the plaintiff argued in Crosby v. United States, 48 F. Supp. No matter how the cause of action is described, at the end of the day liability is based on no more than the mere possibility that the physician's negligence has caused harm, a result that conflicts with black letter law that "negligence in the air" is not actionable. To remove the issue of cause in fact "from the realm of speculation, the medical testimony must at least be sufficiently definite to establish that the act complained of `probably' or `more likely than not' caused the subsequent disability." § 09.55.540(a)(3), the federal court in Crosby, 48 F.Supp.2d at 931, concluded that "the `loss of chance' theory disrupts traditional causation principles set forth by statute." He also fed her at this time and noted that she was alert and able to walk to the bathroom, albeit "slightly wobbly on foot." (quoting W. Telepage, Inc. v. Dep't of Financing, 140 Wash.2d 599, 608, 998 P.2d 884 (2000)). at *494 634, 664 P.2d 474 (Pearson, J., plurality opinion) (quoting Joseph H. King, Jr., Causation, Valuation, and Chance in Personal Injury Torts Involving Preexisting Conditions and Future Consequences, 90 YALE L.J. Co., 248 N.Y. 339, 341, 162 N.E. ¶ 15 The lead and plurality opinions split over how, not whether, to recognize a cause of action. Fennell, 320 Md. Shellenbarger v. Brigman, 101 Wash.App. 99 Wash.2d at 635 n. 1, 664 P.2d 474 (Pearson, J., plurality opinion). v. Maybin, 130 Wn.App. See id. Malpractice insurance costs are rising and are a part of this financial burden. Dr. Dawson noted that she was somnolent (drowsy), had normal speech, and had weakness on her left side. It is incorrect. Mrs. Mohr was transported to receive the MRI at 9:30 a.m. ¶ 77 The results of the MRI, which came in by 10:32 a.m., led to the discovery of a dissected right internal carotid artery. ¶ 13 Herskovits involved a survival action following an allegedly negligent failure to diagnose lung cancer. ¶ 60 All of these matters are public policy considerations for the legislature. A. at 792-95, 580 A.2d 206. Mrs. Mohr has not sued the Richland Fire Department, ambulance, or the EMPs. [5] The "substantial factor test" is an exception to the general rule of proving but for causation and requires that a plaintiff prove that the defendant's alleged act or omission was a substantial factor in causing the plaintiff's injury, even if the injury could have occurred anyway. Matsuyama, 452 Mass. [2] An "infarct" is "an area of coagulation necrosis in a tissue . [2] Dr. Dawson was aware of Mrs. Mohr's history and performed a physical exam. The Mohrs appealed, and the Court of Appeals certified the case for our review. Cf. In Shellenbarger, the Court of Appeals reversed summary judgment of a medical malpractice claim of negligent. See, e.g., Shellenbarger, 101 Wash.App. ¶ 37 Black letter negligence law requires proof on a more probable than not basis that the injury was caused by the negligence of another. No matter how the cause of action is described, at the end of the day liability is based on no more than the mere possibility that the physician's negligence has caused harm, a result that conflicts with black letter law that “negligence in the air” is not actionable. at 611, 664 P.2d 474. Id. Several states have rejected the doctrine. A CT angiogram was not done until 2:30 p.m., after the Mohr sons had Dr. Watson repeatedly paged. "Legal causation" depends on considerations of "`logic, common sense, justice, policy, and precedent.'" Id. And in Rash v. Then this Comment analyzes the difficulties arising from ambiguities in the Washington State Supreme Court’s decisions in Herskovits v. Group Health Coop. Basil Harris. WE CONCUR: CHARLES W. JOHNSON, TOM CHAMBERS, MARY E. FAIRHURST, DEBRA L. STEPHENS, and CHARLES K. WIGGINS, Justices. ¶ 12 The medical malpractice statute requires the same elements of proof as traditional tort elements of proof: duty, breach, injury, and proximate cause. See Smith, 175 Vt. at 381, 833 A.2d 843; Fennell, 320 Md. Dr. Watson had prescribed aspirin around 2:00 p.m. but did not order its immediate administration. These tests were overseen or authorized by Dr. Dale Grantham, who was charged with Mrs. Mohr's care at KMC on August 31. However, the negligence alleged here concerns the provision of medical services and is well within the scope of the apparent agency relationship alleged between *499 the physicians and KMC. 438, 448, 177 P.3d 1152 (2008) (citing McLaughlin v. Cooke, 112 Wash.2d 829, 837, 774 P.2d 1171 (1989)). Id. In part, this characterizes what the Herskovits lead opinion does by prescribing that causation in all lost chance cases is to be examined under the substantial factor doctrine. The four-member plurality would alter the characterization of the harm. The majority holding rests on the fiction that the “injury” is actually the loss of a chance of a better outcome. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examination, performed shortly after 9:30 a.m., confirmed that Mrs. Mohr was in fact having a stroke. The court said "AS 09.55.540 clearly and unambiguously requires plaintiffs to establish that a defendant's alleged negligence was more likely than not the cause of injury." What about a case where experts could present "evidence . CR 56(c); Celotex, 477 U.S. at 322, 106 S. Ct. 2548. Sign up to receive the Free Law Project newsletter with tips and announcements. rely on donations for our financial security. United States v. Carroll Towing Co.159 F2d 169 (2d Cir. Every Bundle includes the complete text from each of the titles below: PLUS: Hundreds of law school topic-related videos from We review the evidence in the light most favorable to the nonmoving party. 776, 789-90, 580 A.2d 206 (1990).[2]. The Court of Appeals went on to confirm that, even in loss ofa chance Herskovits, 99 Wash.2d at 616, 664 P.2d 474 (additionally noting the Hamil court's reliance on the Restatement (Second) of Torts § 323 (1965), which provides that one who renders services to another, necessary for the protection of that person, is liable if “his failure to exercise [reasonable] care increases the risk of [physical] harm”). Because the Mohrs made a prima facie case of the requisite elements of proof, we reverse the order of summary judgment and remand to the trial court for further proceedings. King v. City of Seattle, 84 Wash.2d 239, 250, 525 P.2d 228 (1974) (quoting 1 THOMAS ATKINS STREET, THE FOUNDATION *507 OF LEGAL LIABILITY 110 (1906)). See CP at 183. Taber's, supra, at 350. However, Dr. Dawson did not provide any anticoagulant or antithrombotic treatment or therapy. Where appropriate, it may otherwise be discounted for margins of error to further reflect the uncertainty of outcome even with a nonnegligent standard of care. pathologists, anesthesiologists, radiologists). If nothing else, the added burdens to society presented by this case will be cumulative to any produced by Herskovits. Similarly, the published model jury instructions enumerate seven relevant factors for the determination of apparent agency in the hospital and independent-contractor physician context. In particular, the Herskovits plurality adopted a proportional damages approach, holding that, if the loss was a 40 percent chance of survival, the plaintiff could recover only 40 percent of what would be compensable under the ultimate harm of death or disability (i.e., 40 percent of traditional tort recovery), such as lost earnings. Where appropriate, it may otherwise be discounted for margins of error to further reflect the uncertainty of outcome even with a nonnegligent standard of care. at 634, 664 P.2d 474 (Pearson, J., plurality opinion) (quoting Joseph H. King, Jr., Causation, Valuation, and Chance in Personal Injury Torts Involving Preexisting Conditions and Future Consequences, 90 Yale L.J. This is a misconception of the requirements of medical malpractice tort law. Then, although the results were available at 3:27 p.m., Dr. Watson was not located or informed until 4:50 p.m. that the CT angiogram showed a dissected carotid artery. 336, § 251. ¶ 55 Moreover, the legislature is best positioned to consider the myriad of public policy matters implicated by the lost chance doctrine. The inequity is obvious. In fact, under this theory of liability, plaintiffs may be compensated where they suffer absolutely no physical injury as a result of the physician's conduct. If it means that the doctrine is to apply where "serious" versus "something less serious" harm actually results, even more questions arise. 6 (1979) Mathias v. Accor Economy Lodging, Inc. 347 F.3d 672 (2003) Mavrikidis v. Petullo. that an MRI misread on Monday, but accurately discerned on Friday, perhaps gives rise to an infinitesimal loss of a chance to recover. ¶ 67 For the reasons stated in this opinion, I dissent. at 349, 3 P.3d 211. A finding of apparent agency can subject a hospital to vicarious liability for the negligence of contractor physicians or staff working at the hospital. They have not established cause in fact. For the reasons discussed next, as it relates to the facts of this case, we reverse the order of summary judgment. ¶ 61 Another issue is the inequity of applying the lost chance doctrine in the medical field. Majority at 493 (citing Herskovits v. Group Health Coop. Nast v. Michels, 107 Wash.2d 300, 308, 730 P.2d 54 (1986). “For instance, what is a ‘late diagnosis'? The plurality found it more analytically sound to conceive of the injury as the lost chance. ¶ 33 In Adamski, the Court of Appeals considered several factors that it found relevant to the question of whether an independent-contractor physician was an apparent agent of the hospital. many jurisdictions are like Kansas, in that the issue has only come up in a loss of survival case or a loss of a better recovery case.... We have found no authority or rational argument which would apply the loss of chance theory solely to survival actions or solely to loss of a better recovery actions and not to both. . This is semantic pretense. ¶ 9 On April 16, 2009, the Benton County Superior Court granted summary judgment for the defendants on the basis that the Mohrs did not show "but for" causation and *493 the hesitancy of the court to expand Herskovits to the facts of this case. Rather, a plaintiff could prevail by introducing evidence that a physician's conduct increased the risk of harm and the harm in fact was sustained, with the jury then taking a permissible step from increased harm to causation and the conclusion that increased risk was a substantial factor in bringing about the resultant injury (death). . 1920)). Our legislature has simply not required the impossible of medical caregivers: to guarantee the best possible outcome for patients they help. at 634-35, 664 P.2d 474 (Pearson, J., plurality)). . Martin v. United States. We do not find this concern to be dissuasive because the nature of tort law involves complex considerations of many experiences that are difficult to calculate or reduce to specific sums; yet juries and courts manage to do so. Id. Courts have questioned the inconsistent application of the doctrine depending upon whether the action is for medical malpractice or other professional malpractice. Before confirming, please ensure that you have thoroughly read and verified the judgment. We Mohr v. Grantham, as well as and the recent Washington State Court of Appeals for Division III decision in . Dr. Watson ordered intravenous heparin (an anticoagulant) for stabilization. ¶ 4 Mrs. Mohr was again transported to KMC by ambulance just after 7:00 a.m. on September 1, 2004, because her husband was concerned that she remained very lethargic through the night. To limit Herskovits to cases that result in death is arbitrary; the same underlying principles of deterring negligence and compensating for injury apply when the ultimate harm is permanent disability. 99 (1928) (quoting Frederick Pollock, The Law of Torts 455 (5th ed. 1920)). An “infarct” is an area of coagulation necrosis in tissue resulting from obstruction of the local circulation by a thrombus (blood clot) or embolus (foreign particle circulating in the blood). Id. Drawing from Stephen F. Brennwald, Comment, Proving Causation in "Loss of a Chance" Cases: A Proportional Approach, 34 CATH. U.L.REV. 2, 57 Wash.App. at 554-57 ("conjunction principle"). Having visible lacerations on her face from the car accident, Mrs. Mohr was given a neurological assessment upon arrival, at around 4:00 p.m., and a computerized tomography (CT) scan of her brain about an hour later. We do not know how often the case is followed, how often actions brought under it have been settled, or what cases were decided but not appealed. See, e.g., Jones v. Owings, 318 S.C. 72, 77, 456 S.E.2d 371 (1995) (“[l]egal responsibility in this approach is in reality assigned based on the mere possibility that a tortfeasor's negligence was a cause of the ultimate harm”); Pillsbury–Flood v. Portsmouth Hosp., 128 N.H. 299, 305, 512 A.2d 1126 (1986) (rejecting plaintiff's reliance on the “loss of a chance” doctrine expressed in Hicks v. United States, 368 F.2d 626 (4th Cir.1966); the Hicks rule that allows relaxation of the causation requirement where the defendant increased the risk of harm is ill advised; “[c]ausation is a matter of probability, not possibility”). ¶ 63 I do not share the majority's view that Herskovits has caused no serious harm and therefore it is unlikely that the majority's present opinion will. Later in Mohr v. Grantham, the Washington Supreme Court clarified that the doctrine could be used even when death was not the ultimate injury. Because the Mohrs made a prima facie case of the requisite elements of proof, we reverse the order of summary judgment and remand to the trial court for further proceedings. "[3] The radiologist recommended a magnetic reasoning imaging (MRI) examination. Herskovits, 99 Wash.2d at 634, 664 P.2d 474 (Pearson, J., plurality opinion) ("[T]he best resolution of the issue before us is to recognize the loss of a less than even chance as an actionable injury."). One factor is “[w]hether the hospital made any representations to the patient, verbally or in writing, regarding their relationship with the physician.” Id. Co., 117 Wash.2d 747, 753, 818 P.2d 1337 (1991). The better outcome would have been no disability or, at least, significantly less disability. But as the majority itself explains, these justifications rest on actual physical harm to the plaintiff, "permanent disability" in the majority's own words. ¶ 64 First, we have no idea what the impact of Herskovits has been. The Richland Fire Department responded. *505 Dr. Grantham and nursing staff also noted that Mrs. Mohr suffered from diabetes, that her blood sugar was low upon rescue by the EMPs at the crash site, and that she had not been ambulatory at the scene of the accident. ¶ 20 The rationales underpinning the lost chance doctrine have generally been applied the same in wrongful death claims and medical malpractice claims where the ultimate harm is something short of death. The appellants offer no evidence or testimony, however, that Drs. [3] Mrs. Mohr's medical records indicate that the "MRI . I dissent. Mohr v. Grantham, 172 Wn.2d 844, 859, 262 P.3d 490 (2011). . ¶ 51 In considering the comparable Alaska statute, which like ours requires a plaintiff to prove the health care provider failed to exercise the proper standard of care and as a “proximate result of this” failure “the plaintiff suffered injuries that would not otherwise. Matsuyama, 452 Mass. Nast v. Michels, 107 Wash.2d 300, 308, 730 P.2d 54 (1986). -------- Notes: Get 1 point on providing a valid sentiment to this Less than two years after his diagnosis, then 60 years old, Herskovits died. In Herskovits v. Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, 99 Wash.2d 609, 611, 614, 664 P.2d 474 (1983) (Dore, J., lead opinion), this court recognized the lost chance doctrine in a survival action when the plaintiff died following the alleged failure of his doctor to timely diagnose his lung cancer. 1 Physicians, and indeed individuals involved in thousands of actions, are negligent every day without legal consequence because, despite the involvement or presence of others, their acts do not actually cause harm to the other persons. Basil Harris. The Lost Chance Doctrine. To establish proximate cause, the plaintiff must show both "cause in fact" (that the injury would not have occurred but for the act in question) and "legal causation." She was taken by ambulance to the emergency room at Kadlec Medical Center (KMC). The plurality noted among its concerns about the "all or nothing" traditional tort approach to recovery that it "creates pressure to manipulate and distort other rules affecting causation and damages in an attempt to mitigate perceived injustices." 336, § 251. [5] The majority effectively treats Herskovits as binding precedent because although a six-member majority of the court disagreed on how the lost chance doctrine should be applied in a case where death ensued, it agreed that the doctrine should be adopted. Instead, courts assume the legislature means exactly what it says. This court may sustain a trial court ruling on any correct ground. The “loss of chance” doctrine is a cause of action in the medical malpractice context for a “loss of chance for a better outcome,” established by Mohr v. Grantham. Under this statute, a plaintiff in a medical malpractice action must prove: RCW 7.70.040. It stated that "courts generally look to all of the facts and circumstances to determine if the hospital and doctor enjoy such a 'significant relationship' that the rule of respondeat superior ought to apply." . Majority at 496. ¶ 30 Finally, KMC separately asserts that the trial court's order of summary judgment in its favor should be affirmed because it is not vicariously liable for the negligence of the codefendant physicians. See Herskovits, 99 Wash.2d at 615–17, 664 P.2d 474 (Dore, J., lead opinion). Ctr., 166 Wash.2d 974, 988, 216 P.3d 374 (2009); Berger v. Sonneland, 144 Wash.2d 91, 110–11, 26 P.3d 257 (2001); Harris v. Robert C. Groth, M.D., Inc., 99 Wash.2d 438, 449, 663 P.2d 113 (1983). More than a minor disagreement in Herskovits is involved, however. The two-member lead opinion in Herskovits would alter the standard of proof. ¶ 31 Under apparent authority, an agent (e.g., a doctor) binds a principal (e.g., a hospital) if objective manifestations of the principal “cause the one claiming apparent authority to actually, or subjectively, believe that the agent has authority to act for the principal” and such belief is objectively reasonable. For this reason, and in service of underlying tort principles, this court and others have recognized some limited exceptions to the strict tort formula, including recognition of lost chance claims. King v. Riveland, 125 Wash.2d 500, 507, 886 P.2d 160 (1994). Citation. Mohr v. Grantham, supra, 858-859, citing Herskovits v. Group Health 99 Wn. of Puget Sound, 99 Wash.2d 609, 619, 664 P.2d 474 (1983) (Dore. ¶ 51 In considering the comparable Alaska statute, which like ours requires a plaintiff to prove the health care provider failed to exercise the proper standard of care and as a "proximate result of this" failure "the plaintiff suffered injuries that would not otherwise *502 have been incurred," Alaska Stat. "For instance, what is a `late diagnosis'? Without considering the clarity of this language, we note that there are other relevant considerations, including: discharge instructions from the “[KMC] Emergency Department” that included information about treatment by Dr. Grantham at KMC; physician name tags that included KMC with the doctors' names; billing statements from KMC; and identification of Dr. Watson as a “ ‘Hospitalist’ ” for KMC. Plurality has withstood the broad policy criticisms raised against it and comports with the field! 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