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Aging MDs prompt call for competency tests at AMA meeting

By Associated Press  |  June 08, 2015

Should old doctors be forced to retire? That question is the focus of a new report by an American Medical Association council that says doctors themselves should help decide when one of their own needs to stop working.

Integrated systems need to complete the loop with liability coverage

Integrated systems need to complete the loop with liability coverage

By Dr. R. James Brenner  |  May 06, 2015

Strategies for the next generation of integrated healthcare systems in the U.S. seem focused on two important components: First, patients are enrolled directly into hospital health plans. Second, healthcare personnel are employed—directly or indirectly—within an institutional framework.

Providers argue Kentucky ruling threatens data for safety efforts

By Lisa Schencker  |  May 01, 2015

Hospital and patient-safety groups are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a court ruling they say could undermine patient-safety organizations by eroding protections that keep certain medical documents out of liability lawsuits.

Missouri House sends medical malpractice caps to governor

By Associated Press  |  April 22, 2015

A measure to reinstate limits on lawsuit awards for pain and suffering in medical malpractice cases is heading to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's desk three years after the state Supreme Court overturned lower caps.

A human touch with patient complaints could mean fewer lawsuits

By Lisa Schencker  |  March 18, 2015

Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, N.C., dramatically reduced the number of lawsuits it faces and its professional liability insurance premiums after adopting a specific methodology for handling patient complaints and grievances.

Practice Makes Perfect: Turn risk into opportunity under new reimbursement models

Practice Makes Perfect: Turn risk into opportunity under new reimbursement models

By Dea Robinson  |  March 13, 2015

Alternative payment models come in different forms, such as bundled payments or ACOs. Physician practices and other organizations preparing for new reimbursement models should consider their patient population and their ability to take on risk, and experiment with their current payer mix.

Patient advocates oppose defunding N.Y. doc profile site

By Andis Robeznieks  |  February 25, 2015

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to save $1.2 million by defunding the state's NYDoctorProfile.com website is coming under fire from a coalition of 16 patient- and consumer-advocacy groups who call the plan “a dangerous step backwards in the effort for greater transparency in...

Guest commentary: Partnering with a med-mal insurer to improve care, cut costs

Guest commentary: Partnering with a med-mal insurer to improve care, cut costs

By Larry Smith and Nat Cross  |  February 25, 2015

The popular stereotype of the role played by medical malpractice insurers in the nation's healthcare system is not positive. And it's true that hospitals and their insurers can be wary and contentious partners, tied together by financial necessity and the stark realities of a litigious society. But...

Medical-malpractice insurer names new leader

Medical-malpractice insurer names new leader

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 15, 2015

Sarah Pacini has been appointed CEO of the Cooperative of American Physicians, a physician-owned company that provides medical professional liability protection in California.

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