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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 …

Ascent Launches Allied Health Professional Liability Product

Ascent Underwriting, a niche-product managing general agent, has launched a professional liability product for allied health practitioners and facilities in the U.S. Ascent’s new Allied Health product includes a combination of cyber cover, regulatory billings coverage and medical liability insurance …

Proposed Law Would Ban Forced Nurse Overtime in Ohio

A proposed Ohio law would ban hospitals from forcing nurses to work overtime. The Dayton Daily News reports a nursing shortage has stretched staffing in many hospitals. State Rep. Robert Sprague, a Republican from Findlay, introduced the overtime bill last …

Attorneys, Not Adjusters, Handle Claims at Texas Medical Malpractice Insurer, Capson

Austin, Texas-based Capson Physicians Insurance Co. announced it is providing in-house attorneys, rather than adjusters, to help facilitate claims for insureds. According to Capson Physicians Insurance President and Founder Maury Magids, when a medical malpractice claim is made against a …

Randall & Quilter Sells R&Q Managing Agency to U.S. MedMal Insurer Coverys

Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Ltd. announced it has completed the sale of its Lloyd’s managing agency, R&Q Managing Agency Ltd. (RQMA), to Coverys, a provider of medical professional liability insurance based in Boston, Mass. The agreement between R&Q and …

Victims of Michigan Cancer Doctor Could Receive $4.1M

An expert is recommending approval of $4.1 million in claims, including $2 million in funeral costs, filed by victims of a Detroit-area doctor who committed fraud by putting hundreds of patients through needless cancer treatments. Randi Roth gave an update …

Oklahoma’s Medical Malpractice ‘Affidavit of Merit’ Law Ruled Unconstitutional

In an unpublished opinion decided Oct. 24, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that a state law aimed at curtailing the filing of medical malpractice lawsuits is unconstitutional. The Court came to that conclusion in reviewing John v. Saint Francis Hospital, …

Ohio Supreme Court: Apology Expressing Fault Can’t Be Used in Lawsuits

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that an apology by a medical provider that includes an admission of liability can’t be used in a later lawsuit against the provider. At issue in the court’s Tuesday decision was the state’s “apology …

Ratings of Kansas Medical Mutual Insurance Downgraded by A.M. Best

A.M. Best has downgraded the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) to A- (Excellent) from A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) to “a-” from “a” of Kansas Medical Mutual Insurance Co. (KaMMCO) in Topeka, Kan. The outlook of …

Wisconsin Court: $750K Cap on Medical Malpractice Damages Unconstitutional

Wisconsin’s cap on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases is unconstitutional because it puts severely injured patients at a disadvantage, a state appeals court has ruled. The 1st District Court of Appeals’ decision clears the way for unlimited compensation for …