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Medical Malpractice Award Caps Endorsed by Missouri House

The Missouri House has given initial approval to a bill to reinstate limits on how much juries can award in noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases against health care providers. Supporters said the limits, approved 101-53, are needed to make …

Report: Errors Increase in Minnesota Hospitals but Deaths Decrease

An annual report on patient safety shows more errors but fewer deaths in Minnesota hospitals in the past year. The Department of Health found 277 so-called “adverse events” in categories long been tracked, such as wrong-site surgery or foreign objects …

Federal Report Shows New Hampshire Hospitals Reduced Errors

New Hampshire hospitals are making progress in reducing both errors and unnecessary readmissions, according to new federal data. The federal Department of Health and Human Services released a report this month estimating that the 3,700 hospitals across the country participating …

Hospital Medical Errors Down 17%, Reports HHS

A federal review of hospital medical records and other data has found a 17 percent decline in infections, drug mistakes, bed sores and other preventable errors from 2010 to 2013, according to a report. Using methods developed by health care …

NORCAL Mutual Expands Medical PL Coverage in Kansas, Missouri

San Francisco-based NORCAL Mutual Insurance Co. is expanding its coverage area to include Kansas and Missouri, offering a new enhanced medical professional liability insurance policy for healthcare professionals. The company’s subsidiary, Medicus Insurance Co., has been offering coverage in these …

Maine High Court Rejects Hospital’s Appeal in Medical Misdiagnosis Case

A Maine man who was awarded $200,000 by a jury in his malpractice suit filed after a doctor mistakenly told him he had an aggressive and fatal form of cancer won’t have to face another trial. The Maine Supreme Judicial …

Connecticut Hospital Ordered to Pay $12M in Medical Malpractice Case

A jury in a medical malpractice case awarded $12 million last Friday to a Connecticut woman who said a doctor punctured her colon during a routine hernia operation, leaving her with permanent injuries. Vivian Gagliano, 65, of Redding, Connecticut, said …

NORCAL Mutual Expands Medical Professional Liability Coverage to Nevada

NORCAL Mutual Insurance Co. is now offering medical professional liability insurance to Nevada physicians. For the past eight years, Nevada healthcare professionals have been offered coverage from Medicus Insurance Company, a NORCAL Mutual wholly owned subsidiary. Upon renewal, Medicus policyholders …

Ohio Medical Malpractice Claims Decline Again in 2012

Medical malpractice claims in Ohio hit a new low in 2012, according to a new report. The annual Ohio Medical Professional Liability Closed Claim Report from the Ohio Department of Insurance showed 2,733 claims in 2012, the last year for …

MMIC Expands into Colorado

Minnesota-based MMIC Insurance, Inc. is now doing business in Colorado. The company offers medical professional liability insurance, health IT services and patient safety options to hospitals and large health systems, long-term care, and allied health care providers. The expansion also …