​​An increasing cause of medical malpractice is health care providers’ failure to follow patients.  It is incumbent upon a physician discharging a patient from the hospital, performing a surgery, prescribing a new medication, or ordering blood or imaging tests, to establish a plan for following the patient.

 Responsibility for overseeing a patient after hospitalization or an outpatient procedure may be spread among several entities.  The delegation of this responsibility is often not communicated or miscommunicated between the health care providers, and this failure may constitute medical negligence.

Failure to Monitor or Follow a Patient