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.
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.
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 few small lines about medical malpractice suits in the new SGR bill touch on a larger debate over how to determine if doctors acted appropriately in such cases, some say.
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.
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.
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...
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...
A Florida jury awarded an $8.5 million judgment against the MDVIP concierge-medicine network in a case that may have hinged on marketing practice as much as it did on medical malpractice.
The doctors who operated on Joan Rivers before she died were “reckless, grossly negligent and wanton” in their actions, alleges the lawsuit the comedian's daughter Melissa filed Monday.
Sarah Pacini has been appointed CEO of the Cooperative of American Physicians, a physician-owned company that provides medical professional liability protection in California.
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.