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Life-or-Death Decisions by Hospitals, Doctors Come With Threat of Lawsuits

Doctors and hospitals overwhelmed in the pandemic will have to make their excruciating life-or-death decisions meticulously or they risk being second-guessed by a jury when the onslaught is over. Lawyers who defend health care providers are already giving advice on …

Despite Licensing Hassles, More Doctors Moving to Telemedicine

Most doctors have a license to practice medicine in just one state. Lindsey Mcilvena can practice in 26. “I’ve lost track a little bit,” she said of all her medical licenses. Mcilvena is a telemedicine doctor, one of a growing …

FDA Says 12 Deaths Now Linked to Balloon Treatment for Obesity

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday notified healthcare providers that it had received reports of five more deaths in patients using liquid-filled intragastric balloon systems to treat obesity, bringing the total death toll to 12 since 2016. The …

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), …

Kentucky Advances Legislation Aimed at Revising State’s Medical Malpractice System

Following up on a big change made last year to Kentucky’s medical malpractice system, state lawmakers are considering a measure that would further alter the process of pursuing lawsuits claiming medical error or neglect. The bill advanced by the Senate …

Special Report: A Tale of Superbugs’ Deadly Costs

With good reason, Dan Greulich’s doctors called him “the miracle man.” In the span of a decade, the insurance company executive engaged not once, but twice, in a race with death as he awaited replacements for failing organs. And twice, …

Making It Possible for Hospitals to Be Honest About Medical Errors

Medical errors in U.S. hospitals kill tens of thousands of patients each year, and even more suffer injury because of mistakes by doctors or nurses. Not every case of harm is avoidable—patients may get an infection even if doctors do …

Medical Liability Insurer NORCAL Mutual Names Stewart Chief Underwriter

Andre Stewart has been named chief underwriting officer for NORCAL Mutual Insurance Co. Stewart joined NORCAL in 2015 as senior vice president of underwriting for custom accounts, where he was responsible for new business growth with a focus on multi-state …

Long Hours for Surgeons Not Higher Risk to Patient Safety: Research

A new national study led by Northwestern Medicine showed allowing surgical residents the flexibility to work longer hours in order to stay with their patients through the end of an operation or stabilize them during a critical event did not …

U.S. Hospitals Improve Patient Safety: Report

Fewer patients are dying from conditions acquired while staying in the nation’s hospitals, according to a new federal report. Statistics from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) show that an estimated 87,000 fewer patients died in hospitals and …