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Lawyers vs. doctors in California's costly Prop. 46 campaign wars
Los Angeles Times | October 22, 2014
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.
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Malpractice laws that favor doctors fail to cut health costs: study
Reuters | October 16, 2014
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.
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Ebola victim's family unlikely to win lawsuit against Dallas hospital
Lisa Schencker | October 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
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...
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Reform Update: Doctors order unnecessary tests without even realizing it
Sabriya Rice | September 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
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.
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Reform Update: Healthcare interests spending big in Calif. fight over premium regulation
Paul Demko | August 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
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.
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Reform Update: GOP likely to focus on repealing medical device tax, employer mandate
Paul Demko | August 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
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...
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Malpractice mediation undermined by HHS ruling
Andis Robeznieks | August 16, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
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.
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Criticism of Oregon's med-mal mediation law off base, lawmaker says
Andis Robeznieks | August 15, 2014
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...
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Malpractice claims can be kept out of court, but not the NPDB
Andis Robeznieks | August 13, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
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.
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'87 law behind ruling to dismiss circumcision suit
Associated Press | August 10, 2014
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.
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