American Medical Association News

Explaining Medical Errors Cut Liability Claims 66%: Georgia State Research

Hospital staff and physicians who are willing to explain, apologize for and resolve adverse medical events significantly reduce legal defense and liability costs, according to a study led by Dr. Florence R. LeCraw, an Atlanta anesthesiologist and adjunct professor at …

American Medical Association Claims CVS-Aetna Merger Will Hike Drug Prices

The American Medical Association, which represents U.S. physicians, urged the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to stop CVS Health Corp.’s plan to buy insurance provider Aetna Inc., saying the deal could result in higher prices for prescription medicines. The AMA …

For U.S. Doctors, Being Sued Is Common Ailment

Getting sued is not an uncommon event for physicians. More than a third of physicians (34 percent) have had a claim filed against them at some point in their careers. Also, according to research from the American Medical Association (AMA), …

New Mexico Doctors Challenge Insurance Superintendent on Malpractice Fund

Four doctors are accusing New Mexico’s insurance superintendent of allowing major hospital chains to tap into a medical malpractice fund despite concerns of insufficient balances. State district court documents show physicians including American Medical Association president-elect Barbara McAneny filed the …

Consumer Groups, Unions Form Coalition to Oppose Health Insurer Mergers

Two U.S. consumer groups announced the formation of a coalition with New York labor unions last week to press antitrust regulators to oppose big insurance mergers that would cut the number of nationwide for-profit health insurers from five to three. …

Doctors Seek to Block 2 Health Insurance Mergers

The American Medical Association asked U.S. antitrust regulators to block two proposed mergers that could reshape the health insurance industry. Anthem Inc. shouldn’t be permitted to buy Cigna Corp. and Aetna Inc. should be blocked from acquiring Humana Inc., the …

Pending Mergers Will Harm Health Insurance Competition: AMA

The nation’s doctors say the proposed mergers among four of the nation’s largest health insurance companies would violate federal antitrust guidelines and seriously erode health insurance competition. According to new special analyses of commercial health insurance markets issued today by …

Willis Launches Disease Response Center Hub for Ebola Preparedness

Willis Group Holdings has launched a Disease Response Center microsite on its web page to help business clients prepare their workplaces against the threat of Ebola. The portal features content from a variety of official resources, including the Centers for …

Report: Obesity Moniker to Impact California Workers’ Comp

The recognition of obesity as a disease may have a significant impact on workers’ compensation claims in California, a group said in a report on Thursday. The group issued the report following a decision in June by the American Medical …

South Carolina Health Insurance Market Among Least Competitive: AMA

An American Medical Association analysis found that South Carolina has one of the country’s least competitive health insurance markets. The country’s leading lobby group for physicians said South Carolina has the seventh least competitive commercial insurance markets after Alabama, Hawaii, …