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Tougher State Malpractice Laws May Not Reduce Defensive Medicine

Changing laws to make it more difficult to sue physicians for medical malpractice may not reduce the amount of “defensive medicine” practiced by physicians, according to a new study. Studying the behavior of emergency physicians in three states that raised …

Kentucky Senate Passes Bill Creating Medical Malpractice Panels

A panel of medical experts would review proposed medical malpractice claims against health care providers before they could be pursued in court under a bill the Kentucky Senate passed this week. The party-line vote in the Republican-led Senate followed a …

Doctors’ Fear of Lawsuits Trumps State Malpractice Tort Reforms

Medicare patients receive more diagnostic tests and emergency department referrals when treated by physicians who worry more about malpractice liability, regardless of whether states have adopted common malpractice tort reforms. According to a study by the Center for Studying Health …

Maine Cancer Patient Gets $200K for Misdiagnosis

A Maine man who was told he had only months to live because of an aggressive Stage 4 pancreatic cancer is still alive more than four years later. And a jury has awarded him $200,000 for the doctor’s misdiagnosis. It …

Oregon Governor Signs Medical-Error Mediation Bill

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has signed a bill creating a new mediation process for patients injured by medical mistakes. Kitzhaber signed the measure Monday flanked by legislators and the leaders of the Oregon Medical Association and the Oregon Trial Lawyers …

Massachusetts Physicians Group Offers Update on Medical Liability Reform

A Massachusetts physicians and hospitals association this week provided an update on the state’s implementation of the Communication, Apology, and Resolution (CARe) program. The Massachusetts Alliance for Communication and Resolution following Medical Injury (MACRMI) is an organization formed in 2012. …

Massachusetts Docs Eye New Approach to Medical Malpractice Claims

It may become easier in the future for Massachusetts doctors to apologize for mistakes if an experiment by three major hospitals to reduce medical malpractice lawsuits succeeds. The program, called Disclosure, Apology and Offer, targets “defensive medicine” — a term …

Tennessee Caps Medical Malpractice Damages

Insurers in Tennessee will payout fewer damages in medical malpractice cases after a new cap on damages took effect earlier this month. The new law also states insurers may no longer be sued under the state’s consumer protection law. Tennessee …

North Carolina Senate Panel Alters Malpractice Awards Cap Bill

A legislative committee debating a measure that would place limits on awards in medical malpractice lawsuits and change some rules for the litigation could vote on the measure early this week. The Senate Finance Committee last Thursday wrapped up a …

Fear of Lawsuits Drives Doctors to Order Tests: Study

CT scans, MRIs and other pricey imaging tests are often more for the doctor’s benefit than the patient’s, new research confirms. Roughly one-fifth of tests that bone and joint specialists order are because a doctor fears being sued, not because …