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2013-07-19 14:31:11

Similar trends found in UK, Australia and US Missed diagnoses―particularly of cancer, heart attack, and meningitis―and drug errors make up the bulk of malpractice claims brought against doctors in primary care, finds an analysis of published data in the online journal BMJ Open. The risk of litigation has not been given a great deal of attention in primary care, say the authors. But with most healthcare contacts taking place in primary care, it is...

2013-05-01 10:39:46

Still, study suggests, efforts needed to reduce errors that lead to claims Efforts to lower health care costs in the United States have focused at times on demands to reform the medical malpractice system, with some researchers asserting that large, headline-grabbing and "frivolous" payouts are among the heaviest drains on health care resources. But a new review of malpractice claims by Johns Hopkins researchers suggests such assertions are wrong. In their review of malpractice payouts...

2013-01-08 14:55:58

Waiting for claims resolution takes up more than ten per cent of the average medical career The average physician can expect to spend nearly 11 per cent of his or her career with a malpractice claim waiting to be resolved. Some specialists will spend nearly a third of their careers with open claims. The length of time it takes to resolve a malpractice claim is a stress on patients, physicians and the legal system. The time spent with open claims may be even more distressing for...

2012-08-20 23:04:04

d'Oliveira & Associates talks about the effort to help maximize efficiency in the medical malpractice system, the state of Massachusetts has officially passed a new law regarding the handling of malpractice cases. The new legislation changes a few critical pieces involved in the process of a medical malpractice lawsuit. Boston, MA (PRWEB) August 20, 2012 The primary change in the law is that doctors are now required to disclose their medical errors/mistakes. With that being said, the...

2012-04-11 23:02:26

Total premiums reach $31 billion nationwide, according to new study by Patients for Fair Compensation Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) April 10, 2012 Physicians, hospitals, dentists, therapists and a host of other healthcare providers paid a total of about $31 billion in medical malpractice premiums in 2011 -- a new record, according to a study released Tuesday by Patients for Fair Compensation. The data, compiled by Bioscience Valuation of Germany, showed that all healthcare providers spent that amount...

2012-02-09 15:00:09

Orthopaedic surgeons spend estimated $2 billion annually Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers estimate that U.S. orthopedic surgeons create approximately $2 billion per year in unnecessary health care costs associated with orthopedic care due to the practice of defensive medicine. Defensive medicine is the practice of ordering additional but unnecessary tests and diagnostic procedures that may later help exonerate physicians from accusations of malpractice. However, these...


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cacodemon
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