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.
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.
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.
For decades, it's been the conventional wisdom that U.S. healthcare costs are high because doctors order expensive tests to protect themselves from malpractice lawsuits, but new evidence says that assumption is wrong.
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...
Physicians order unnecessary tests and procedures to inoculate themselves from legal liability more than they realize, according to a new survey of physicians at several hospitals in one Massachusetts health system.
Normally, backers of a ballot initiative that polls show has support from 7 out of 10 registered voters could sit back and start planning their victory party. But that's not the case with California's health insurance-focused Proposition 45.
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...
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.
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...
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.
An Alabama law passed to rein in healthcare costs nearly three decades ago was at the heart of a judge's decision to dismiss a lawsuit over what a man claims was a botched circumcision.