Adam Abrahms Quoted in “How Hospitals Should Handle Discriminatory Patient Preferences: 2 Lawyers Weigh In”

Becker's Hospital Review

Adam C. Abrahms, Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management and Health Care & Life Sciences practices, in the firm’s Los Angeles office, was quoted in Becker’s Hospital Review, in “How Hospitals Should Handle Discriminatory Patient Preferences: 2 Lawyers Weigh In,” by Harrison Cook.

Following is an excerpt:

Instances of patients having “racial preferences” for their healthcare providers are on the rise, which puts hospitals in a three-way bind between complying with nondiscrimination laws, making sure their employees are not harassed and promoting care quality, according to Bloomberg Law. …

Adams Abrahms, a firm partner at Los Angeles-based Epstein Becker Green, said there are three main considerations a hospital must balance:

  • Hospitals, like any employer, are obligated to comply with nondiscrimination laws
  • Hospitals are obligated to protect employees from harassment
  • Clinicians must provide care to patients who may be undesirable or hold different beliefs than them

“There is nothing wrong with a healthcare provider dealing with an alert, competent patient and requiring them to act appropriately,” Mr. Abrahms told Bloomberg Law. “But it becomes more complicated if you have someone who’s not mentally stable.”