A subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway has agreed to acquire New York's largest medical malpractice insurer in a deal that could have wide-ranging effects on doctors, hospitals and dentists statewide.
Legislation in New York would significantly change medical malpractice law by allowing patients to sue years after an alleged misdiagnosis or mistreatment.
A number of doctors who face malpractice payments or hospital sanctions for sexual misconduct escape disciplinary actions from their state medical boards, according to a study.
A relatively small number of doctors are responsible for a disproportionate percentage of paid malpractice claims, according to a study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
For years, physician practices looking to lower their malpractice claims failed to tackle internal quality problems until they were hit with a huge settlement. That invariably meant they focused only on those particular situations. But now they're taking a much wider view.
As providers consider the opioid prescribing guidelines being proposed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the issues is whether labeling them as voluntary means doctors would not be bound to them.
A survey of more than 4,000 U.S. primary-care physicians found that 59% had been named in at least one malpractice lawsuit in their career. Obstetricians, gynecologists and surgeons were the specialists most likely to be sued, according to a Medscape report.
The second-degree murder convictions this week of a Los Angeles-area physician were the first against a U.S. doctor for recklessly prescribing drugs, the Los Angeles district attorney's office said.
Five Americans came down with an unusual illness after traveling to Germany for a controversial treatment involving injections with sheep cells, health officials reported Wednesday.
Despite its title, “Improving Diagnosis in Health Care,” you have to dig deep into the Institute of Medicine's first-ever report on the problem of misdiagnosed patients to find proposals that will have an immediate impact on the problem.
Medical liability insurers continued to face a sluggish market, with direct premium collections down for the second straight year in 2014, according to a Modern Healthcare review of data supplied by A.M. Best Co.
Deaths, whether inevitable or caused by preventable medical errors, happen daily at most hospitals. But few have adopted best practices for handling complaints or even questions from family members and caregivers, whose first and understandable reaction often starts with the word “why.”