Columbia Hospital for Women Medical Center in Washington -- which closed in 2002, citing financial problems -- was awarded $18.2 million by a Superior Court of the District of Columbia jury to compensate for excess malpractice premiums. The jury ruled that NCRIC Group, a medical malpractice insurer based in Washington, had overcharged the hospital for coverage and had steered doctors away from the hospital, interfering in its operations. The case stems from a lawsuit filed in 2000 by NCRIC, which alleged the hospital still owed $3 million in premiums, and subsequent counterclaims by the hospital. An NCRIC spokesman said the insurer would appeal the decision. Money from the verdict, if it stands, will go to hospital creditors and the hospital foundation. -- by Tony Fong
Failed hospital wins case against malpractice firm
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