A unanimous Pennsylvania Superior Court panel has ruled that a nursing home can be held corporately liable for its actions.

Writing that such liability is already imposed on hospitals, health maintenance organizations and medical professional corporations, a three-judge panel in Scampone v. Grane Healthcare Co. held that nursing homes were similar to those organizations in that they provide “comprehensive and continual physical care” for patients. They are not, Judge Mary Jane Bowes wrote for the panel, like a physician’s outpatient office, which is not susceptible to corporate liability claims.

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