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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.

Ohio bill would shield doctors who say 'My fault'

By Associated Press  |  December 02, 2014

Doctors talking privately to patients or families after a medical mishap could acknowledge responsibility or even admit a mistake without that conversation being used against them later in court, according to a proposal in the Ohio General Assembly pushed by physicians.

California's top court to address med-mal cap issue

By Lisa Schencker  |  December 01, 2014

The California Supreme Court has announced that it will hear Hughes v. Pham, a case that challenges the constitutionality of the state's Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act of 1975, which caps pain and suffering, or non-economic damages, at $250,000.

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...

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.

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