Medical Malpractice Costs Down Year to Year

A Huffington Post article from a doctor talking about his lower medical malpractice insurance costs got significant attention in legal and medical communities at the end of last week. What’s particularly notable is, the doctor reveals that the costs of medical malpractice insurance, as well as claims, have been down over the past 10 years….

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Recent Studies Reveal Medical Errors More Common Than Previously Believed

A 1999 study from the Institute of Medicine stated that 98,000 individuals die yearly because of medical errors. However, data for these findings originated in 1984. As a result, John T. James, Ph.D., examined more recent studies for Patient Safety America to determine more accurate figures. The results – more than four-fold the 1998 numbers…

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Do Electronic Medical Records Improve or Increase Medication Errors?

A piece in Forbes this week details the issue of medication errors in hospitals. The writer touches on the fact that even just a decimal misplacement can lead to death and that 1 million errors and 7,000 resulting deaths occur yearly. Yet the solution – computerized physician order entry (CPOE) – to combat errors isn’t…

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Study Shows Avoidable Cases of Medical Malpractice Surprisingly Common

How often do doctors make careless errors? According to a study published in Surgery on December 19, courtesy of LiveScience.com, instances of leaving supplies or instruments in patients, operating on the wrong individual, or operating on the wrong body part are more common than you think. The study assessed malpractice records in the U.S. for…

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Massachusetts Enacts “Disclose, Apology & Offer” Medical Malpractice Reform

A medical malpractice case is a lengthy, drawn-out process. For the lawyer, it’s a period of extensive research, and for the plaintiff, it’s presenting an effective case an attorney will take on. The doctor and medical insurance company, meanwhile, deny and withhold important information. To lead to smoother, quicker resolutions, improve patient safety, and ultimately…

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