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Voters nix California healthcare initiatives, approve measures in other states

By Adam Rubenfire  |  November 05, 2014

Voters in a number of states decided a variety of hotly contested state ballot initiatives, including measures to regulate health insurance rate increases, hike medical liability damage caps, lay the foundation for new abortion restrictions and make experimental medical treatments more available to...

Medical liability premiums flat as California battles over caps

Medical liability premiums flat as California battles over caps

By Lisa Schencker  |  October 30, 2014

A TV political ad opposing Proposition 46 in California opens with black silhouettes of plaintiff lawyers shaking hands. In a later frame, a worried older woman opens a medical bill. A doctor in an empty hallway shakes his head. But liability premiums haven't been very scary.

Malpractice suits often tap electronic health records

By Judy Greenwald, Business Insurance  |  October 28, 2014

Electronic medical records can save money and improve medical outcomes, but using them incorrectly can create significant liability problems for healthcare providers, defense attorneys say.

Lawyers vs. doctors in California's costly Prop. 46 campaign wars

By Los Angeles Times  |  October 22, 2014

A ballot initiative that pits lawyers against doctors has set off one of this year's fiercest campaign wars, a costly clash over increasing state limits on malpractice damages and imposing drug testing on physicians.

Ebola victim's family unlikely to win lawsuit against Dallas hospital

By Lisa Schencker  |  October 14, 2014

The family of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan would have a hard time winning a liability lawsuit against the hospital where he was treated and died, experts say. But that's only because of the state's restrictive tort reform law, and the scenario might be much different in other parts of the...

Reform Update: GOP likely to focus on repealing medical device tax, employer mandate

Reform Update: GOP likely to focus on repealing medical device tax, employer mandate

By Paul Demko  |  August 22, 2014

If Republicans win control of the Senate in November, which most political forecasters rate as a better-than-even proposition, they almost certainly will vote to repeal Obamacare. In doing so, they will join House Republicans, who have voted many times to wipe out the law. That's what Republican...

Malpractice mediation undermined by HHS ruling

Malpractice mediation undermined by HHS ruling

By Andis Robeznieks  |  August 16, 2014

A little-noticed HHS ruling on reporting medical malpractice claims could get in the way of state efforts to promote an alternative dispute-resolution method that several academic medical centers have used effectively to improve quality and reduce lawsuits and damage awards.

Criticism of Oregon's med-mal mediation law off base, lawmaker says

Criticism of Oregon's med-mal mediation law off base, lawmaker says

By Andis Robeznieks  |  August 15, 2014

An Oregon law to encourage settlement of medical malpractice claims through disclosure, apology and compensation has taken heat from HHS and the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen because it exempts some claims from being reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank. But the bill's sponsor...

Malpractice claims can be kept out of court, but not the NPDB

Malpractice claims can be kept out of court, but not the NPDB

By Andis Robeznieks  |  August 13, 2014

HHS has ruled that all medical malpractice claims that include a written demand for payment must be reported to a national database even if the cases are resolved under state programs designed to settle the matters outside of court.

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