Scanning the Headlines: Medical Liability 2008-2011 (Archive)
Updated on November 8, 2012
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O'Reilly, K. Stanford cuts liability premiums with cash offers after errors. Amednews.com. Oct. 31, 2011. http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2011/10/31/prsb1031.htm
VA health care: VA uses medical injury tort claims data to assess veterans' care, but should take action to ensure that these data are complete. Government Accountability Office, Oct. 28, 2011. http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-6R
A failed Experiment. Washington: PublicCitizen. Oct. 2011. http://www.citizen.org/documents/a-failed-experiment-report.pdf
6th annual benchmarking report on professional liability claims trends in the hospital industry. Perspectives: A Risk Management Tool for the Healthcare Industry [Zurich American Insurance Co.] 17(2):1-14, Fall 2011. http://www.zurichna.com/internet/zna/sitecollectiondocuments/en/products/healthcare/11-2410_hc_perspectives_newsletter_fall_2011.pdf
Sage, W. Common SEnse and Malpractice Reform. Health Affairs Blog. Sept. 26, 2011. http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2011/09/26/common-sense-and-malpractice-reform/
Jena, A. B., and others. Malpractice risk according to physician specialty. New England Journal of Medicine. 365(7):629-636, Aug. 18, 2011. http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsa1012370?query=TOC&#t=article
Golann, D. Dropped medical malpractice claims: Their surprising frequency, apparent causes, and potential remedies. Health Affairs,30(7):1343-1350, July 2011. http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/30/7/1343.full.pdf+html
Bishop, T., Ryan, A., and Casalino, L. Paid malpractice claims for adverse events in inpatient and outpatient settings. Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). 305(23):2427-2431, June 15, 2011. http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=900983
Clancy, C. Patient Safety and Medical Liability Reform: Putting the Patient First. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, June 2011. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/commentaries/comptsafty.htm
Congressional Budget Office. Cost estimate for HR5 [proposed limits on medical malpractice litigation]. US House Committee on Energy and Commerce, May 11, 2011. http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/122xx/doc12209/HR5.pdf
Kachalia, A., and Mello, M. New directions in medical liability reform. New England Journal of Medicine online, Apr. 20, 2011. http://healthpolicyandreform.nejm.org/?p=14235#more-14235
Studdert, D., and others. Relationship between quality of care and negligence litigation in nursing homes. Health Law, Quality of Care. Mar. 30, 2011. http://healthpolicyandreform.nejm.org/?p=14036&query=home
Number of medmal claims poor indicator of doctor’s quality of care. Medical Liability Monitor; 36(1):5, Jan. 2011.
Salpeter, S. Physician Insurer and Improving Informed Consent. Trends in Hospital Claims: What's Next. Rockville, MD: Physician Insurer Association of America, 2011 First Quarter. http://www.zurichna.com/internet/zna/SiteCollectionDocuments/en/Products/healthcare/PIAA%20Trends%20in%20Hospital%20Claims%20(S.%20Salpeter)%20Q1%202011.pdf
Malpractice Insurer's Medical Error Surveillance and Prevention Study. Cambridge, MA: CRICO RMF, 2011. http://www.rmf.harvard.edu/research-resources/research-studies/MIMESPS-study.aspx
Greenberg, M., and others. Is Better Patient Safety Associated with Less Malpractice Activity? Santa Monica, CA: Rand Corporation, Dec. 8, 2010. http://www.rand.org/pubs/technical_reports/TR824.html
Sweeney, J. Holding pattern: malpractice premiums plateau overall but still a crushing burden for many - exclusive malpractice survey. Medical Economics. 87(22): 26-34, Nov. 19, 2010. http://digital.modernmedicine.com/nxtbooks/advanstar/medec_20101119/#/28
Mangalmurti, S., Murtagh, L., and Mello, M. Medical Malpractice Liability in the Age of Electronic Health Records. New England Journal of Medicine. 363:2060-2067, Nov. 18, 2010. http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMhle1005210
Annual benchmarking report on claims trends in the healthcare industry. Perspectives: A Risk Management Tool for the Healthcare Industry [Zurich in North America]. 16(3):1-10, Fall 2010.
Clark, C. Tort reform's impact on lowering medical malpractice litigation costs may be limited. HealthLeaders Media. Sept. 7, 2010. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/content/PHY-256076/Tort-Reforms-Impact-on-Lowering-Medical-Malpractice-Litigation-Costs-Limited
Clark, C. Medical groups: litigation expenses to cost taxpapers $1 billion. HealthLeaders Media. Sept. 3, 2010. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/content/FIN-255984/Medical-Groups-Litigation-Expenses-to-Cost-Taxpayers-1-Billion
Blesch, G. Nev. court strikes hospital liability standard. Modern Physician online, Aug. 23, 2010. [free registration required]
Clark, C. Medical error disclosure program found to reduce lawsuits. HealthLeaders Media. Aug. 18, 2010.
Kachalia, A., and others. Liability claims and costs before and after implementation of a medical error disclosure program. Annals of Internal Medicine. 153(4):213-221, Aug. 17, 2010.
Localio, A. Patient compensation without litigation: A promising development. Annals of Internal Medicine. 153(4):266-267, Aug. 17, 2010.
Crane, M. Malpractice Threat to Physicians Pervasive, AMA Study Finds. Medscape Medical News, Aug. 5, 2010. [free registration may be required to view].
Commins, J. AMA: Liability claims filed nearly one per physician. HealthLeaders Media. Aug. 4, 2010.
Kern, B. Your Malpractice Advisor: Tail Coverage Dangers. Why medical groups and employed doctors need to be careful. Medscape Business of Medicine, Aug. 3, 2010. [free registration may be required to view].
Bovbjerg, R. Will the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Address the Problems Associated with Medical Malpractice? Rockville, MD: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Aug. 2010.
Comak, H. Malpractice Data Analysis Offers Window into Surgical Error. HealthLeaders Media. July 13, 2010.
Henry, T. Defensive medicine to avoid liability lawsuits is widespread. American Medical News. July 12, 2010.
Obama administration funds efforts to avoid medical malpractice lawsuits. The Oval. June 11, 2010.
Sumner, W. Health and Life Insurance as an Alternative to Malpractice Tort Law. BMC Health Services Research. June 2, 2010.
McQuillan, L., and Abramyan, H. U.S. Tort Liability Index: 2010 Report. San Francisco: Pacific Research Institute, June 2010. http://www.pacificresearch.org/docLib/20100525_Tort_Liability_Index_2010.pdf
Hartwig, R., and Lynch, J. Tort Inflation 2010 : Stability Today, But For How Long? New York: Insurance Information Institute. June, 2010. http://www.iii.org/assets/docs/pdf/Tort%20Trends_White%20Paper.pdf
Countrywide summary of medical malpractice insurance, calendar years 1991-2008. Washington, DC: National Association of Insurance Commissioners, May 17, 2010.
Huff, C. Liability labs: local experiments to resolve malpractice claims aim to be fairer to all sides. Hospitals & Health Networks, 84(5):40-44, May 2010.
Latest Pennsylvania medical malpractice data shows number of cases, verdicts reach new low; attributed to rule changes. Medical Liability Monitor. 35(5):1, May 2010.
RAND Corp study: better patient safety linked to fewer medical malpractice claims in California. Medical Liability Monitor. 35(5):4, May 2010.
Health Courts: A Chance for Justice for All. AMN Healthcare. Apr. 2, 2010.
The top 25 property/casualty market share: 2009 top 25 companies by countrywide premium by line of business – medical professional liability. Washington, DC: National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Mar. 29, 2010.
National Conference of State Legislatures. Medical liability/malpractice laws. Last updated Mar. 22, 2010.
Bakhtiari, E. Missed opportunities for malpractice reform. HealthLeaders Media. Feb. 4, 2010.
Cantlupe, J. Physicians work less when medical liability risk increases, study says. HealthLeaders Media. Feb. 1, 2010.
Gimm, G.W. The impact of malpractice liability claims on obstetrical practice patterns. Health Services Research. 45(1):195-211, Feb. 2010.
Should mistakes ever be hidden? ED Management. 22(2):21, Feb. 2010.
Americans for Insurance Reform (AIR) calls Towers Perrin report on tort costs flawed, unverifiable. Medical Liability Monitor. 35(2):7, Feb. 2010.
As Missouri supreme court considers constitutionality of non-economic damage caps, state medical malpractice claims hit 10-year low. Medical Liability Monitor. 35(2):5, Feb. 2010.
Economists’ study indicates number of hours physicians spend on the job influenced by fear of malpractice suits. Medical Liability Monitor. 35(2):7, Feb. 2010.
Fear of lawsuits may prompt some doctors to overprescribe antibiotics. Medical Liability Monitor. 35(2):4, Feb. 2010.
Illinois supreme court invalidates the state’s medical malpractice damage caps. Medical Liability Monitor. 35(2):3, Feb. 2010.
Maryland court of appeals rules in favor of caps on non-economic damages in medmal cases. New Jersey looking to tort reform, other ideas to stem physician shortage. Medical Liability Monitor. 35(2):3, Feb. 2010.
New Jersey looking to tort reform, other ideas to stem physician shortage. Medical Liability Monitor. 35(2):2, Feb. 2010.
New York City, New Mexico join perennials in Florida, West Virginia, Illinois, New Jersey on the ATRA list of ‘judicial hellholes.” Medical Liability Monitor. 35(2):1, Feb. 2010.
Public Citizen report: Texas experiment with medical liability caps failed. New Jersey looking to tort reform, other ideas to stem physician shortage. Medical Liability Monitor. 35(2):4, Feb. 2010.
U.S. Tort Cost Trends. New York: Towers Watson. 2010. http://www.towerswatson.com/assets/pdf/3424/Towers-Watson-Tort-Report-1.pdf
Flannery, F., Parikh, P., and Oetgen, W. Characteristics of medical professional liability claims in patients treated by family medicine physicians. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. 23(6):753-761, 2010. http://www.jabfm.org/cgi/content/abstract/23/6/753?rss=1
Bovbjerg, R. Malpractice reform and healthcare costs. In: Yong PL and others, eds. The Healthcare Imperative: Lowering Costs and Improving Outcomes. Washington, DC: National Institute of Medicine/National Academies Press, 2010.http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=12750&page=324
Kane, C. Policy Research Perspectives. Washington: American Medical Association, 2010.
Does improved patient safety reduce malpractice litigation? Rand Institute for Civil Justice. 2010.
Greenberg, M., and others. Is better patient safety associated with less malpractice activity? Rand Corporation. 2010.
Studdert, M., and others. National costs of the medical liability system. Health Affairs. 29(9):1569-1577, 2010. http://content.healthaffairs.org/cgi/content/abstract/29/9/1569
Crist, J. Never say never: never events in medicine. Health Matrix;20(2):437-465, 2010.
Number of medmal claims poor indicator of doctor’s quality of care. Medical Liability Monitor;36(1):5, 2010.
Thomas, J., Ziller, E., and Thayer, D. Low costs of defensive medicine, small savings from tort reform. Health Affairs. 29(9):1578-1584, 2010. http://content.healthaffairs.org/cgi/content/abstract/29/9/1578
Carrier, E., and others. Physicians' fears of malpractice lawsuits are not assuaged by tort reforms. Health Affairs. 29(9):1585-1592, 2010. http://content.healthaffairs.org/cgi/content/abstract/29/9/1585
Mastroianni, A., and others. The flaws in state 'apology' and 'disclosure' laws dilute their intended impact on malpractice suits. Health Affairs. 29(9):1611-1619, 2010. http://content.healthaffairs.org/cgi/content/abstract/29/9/1611
Tort Reform and Malpractice Premiums. Letter to the Honorable Bruce L. Braley, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington, DC: Congressional Budget Office, Dec. 29, 2009. http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/108xx/doc10872/12-29-Tort_Reform-Braley.pdf
2009 Update on U.S. Tort Cost Trends. New York: Towers Perrin, Dec. 8, 2009.
Medical Liability Reform and Patient Safety Initiative. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Dec. 2009.
Helland, E., and Showalter, M. The impact of liability on the physician labor market. Journal of Law and Economics. 52(4):635-663, Nov. 2009.
Johnson, E. (AON). 2009-2010 Hospital Professional Liability and Physician Liability Benchmark Analysis. Chicago: American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, Oct. 2009.
Kaiser Family Foundation. Number of Paid Medical Malpractice Claims, 2008. StateHealthFacts.org, accessed Oct. 15, 2009.
Kaiser Family Foundation. Payments on Medical Malpractice Claims, 2008; Total Dollars in Paid Claims. StateHealthFacts.org, accessed Oct. 15, 2009.
Simmons, J. Adding tort reform to healthcare reform could lower costs. HealthLeaders Media. Oct. 12, 2009.
CBO's Analysis of the Effects of Proposals to Limit Costs Related to Medical Malpractice ("Tort Reform") ; Letter to the Honorable Orrin G. Hatch, Senate Finance Committee. Washington, DC: Congressional Budget Office, Oct. 9. 2009.
Pickert K. Spotlight on malpractice reform. Time. 174(12): 16, Sept. 28, 2009.
The AHA’S Framework For Medical Liablity Reform. Chicago: American Hospital Association, Sept. 22, 2009.
Trial Lawyer TV Ads for Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Grew 1,400 Percent in Last Four Years, Study Shows. Washington, DC: U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, Sept. 8, 2009. [Press release] [Report summary] [Methodology].
Bakhtiari, E. Can medical liability reform save the healthcare overhaul? HealthLeaders Media. Sept. 3, 2009.
Medical Liability Insurance Rates: How Are They Determined? The Female Patient, Aug. 31, 2009.
Underwood, A. Would tort reform lower costs? New York Times. Aug. 31, 2009.
Clark, C. Three alternatives to achieve tort reform. HealthLeaders Media. Aug. 12, 2009.
Public Citizen study: medical malpractice payments fall to record low, medical malpractice epidemic continues to persist. Medical Liability Monitor, 34(2):2, Aug. 2009.
Greve P. Labor pains: liability trends in obstetrics. Medical Liability Monitor, 34(2):4-5, 7, Aug. 2009.
The 0.6 Percent Bogeyman. Medical Malpractice Payments Fall to All-Time Low as Health Care Costs Continue to Rise. Washington: Public Citizen. July 1, 2009.
Federal Tort Claims Act: Information Related to Implications of Extending Coverage to Volunteers as HRSA-Funded Health Centers. Washington: US Government Accountability Office, June 24, 2009.
Mello, M., and Brennan, T. The Role of Medical Liability Reform in Federal Health Care Reform. New England Journal of Medicine, June 15, 2009.
Mitchell, C., and Karls, C. Young guns: how are the young medical professional liability insurance start-ups performing? Medical Liability Monitor. 34(5):4-5, 7, May 2009.
Langton, L., and Cohen, T. Civil Bench and Jury Trials in State Courts, 2005. Washington: U. S. Department of Justice, Apr. 9, 2009.
Crain, N., and others. Tort Law Tally. How State Tort Reforms Affect Tort Losses and Tort Insurance Premiums. San Francisco: Pacific Research Institute, Apr. 2009.
CNA HealthPro Nurse Claims Study: an Analysis of Claims with Risk Management Recommendations 1997-2007. Hatboro, PA: Nurse Services Organization, Apr. 2009.
Kesselheim, A., and Studdert, D. The supreme court, preemption, and malpractice liability. New England Journal of Medicine. 6(360):559-561, Feb. 5, 2009.
Sorrel, A. Liability premium outlook improves as many physicians see lower rates. American Medical News. 52(1):1-2, Jan. 5, 2009.
Buchholz, S. Involving physician insurers in limiting litigation. Hospitals and Health Networks Online. Jan. 1, 2009.
Nolf, L. Current Award Trends in Personal Injury. Horsham, PA: LRP Publications, 2009. (Ref KF 1256 A15 C976 2009).
Annual Benchmarking Report Malpractice Risks in Surgery. Boston, MA: RMF Strategies. 2009.
Morrisey, M., Kilgore, M., and Nelson, L. Medical malpractice reform and employer-sponsored health insurance premiums. Health Services Research. 43(6):2124-2142, Dec. 2008.
Makey, G. Is Your Documentation Like a Bunch of Cows? Journal of Christian Nursing. 25(4):210-212, Oct/Dec. 2008.
Merrill, M., editor. EHRs may reduce physicians paid malpractice settlements. Healthcare IT News. Nov. 26, 2008.
Nepps, M. The basics of medical malpractice. Chest. 134(5):1051-1055, Nov. 2008.
2008 Update on U.S. Tort Costs Trends. Atlanta, GA: Towers Perrin Tillinghast, Nov. 2008.
2008 Hospital and Professional Liability and Physician Liability Benchmark Analysis. Chicago: American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, Nov. 2008.
Engler, A. Texas Hospital Reinvesting Savings from Medical Liability Reform. Austin, TX: Texas Hospital Association, Sept. 10, 2008.
Sorrel, A. Texas cap spurs plunge in premiums and lawsuits. American Medical News. 51(34):1-2, 4, Sept. 8, 2008.
Is There a Doctor in the House? Physician Liability Fears and Quality of Care in Nursing Homes. Oakland, CA: California HealthCare Foundation, Sept. 2008.
Terry, K. 2008 exclusive survey--malpractice premiums: dropping, but still high. Medical Economics. Aug. 1, 2008.
Pukk-Harenstam, K., and others. Analysis of 23 364 patient-generated, physician-reviewed malpractice claims from a non-tort, blame-free, national patient insurance system: lessons learned from Sweden. Quality and Safety in Health Care. 17(4):259-263, Aug. 2008.
Anderson, J. Avoiding malpractice in common and uncommon scenarios. Journal of Controversal Medical Claims. 15(3):1-7, Aug. 2008.
Glauser, J. The etiology of malpractice. Emergency Medicine News. 30(7):6-7, July 2008.
Jones, D. Quantifying compliance and quality: understanding the economic impact of inadequate care. Journal of Health Care Compliance. 10(3):41-44, 60, May/June 2008.
Rodwin, M., and others. TRENDS: malpractice premiums in Massachusetts, a high-risk state: 1975-2005. Health Affairs. 27(3):835-844, May/June, 2008.
Nixon, J. Why doctors are heading for Texas. The Wall Street Journal. :A9-A11, May 17, 2008.
A.M. Best Special Report: Medical Malpractice Challenges Expected After a Strong 2007. Oldwick, NJ: A.M. Best Company Press Release, May 12, 2008.
Gorney, M. Dangers of working with a bare doctor. Medical Liability Monitor. 33(5):8, 7, May 2008.
Collins survey: medical liability insurers express short-term optimism, long-term concern for competitive pressures. Medical Liability Monitor. 33(5):2, May 2008.
Brous, E. Legal Clinic: Malpractice Insurance and Licensure Protection. AJN, American Journal of Nursing. 108(5):34-36, May 2008.
Dalton, G., Samaropoulos, X., and Dalton, A. Improvements in the safety of patient care can help end the medical malpractice crisis in the United States. Health Policy. 86(2-3):153-162, May 2008.
Study analyzes how the malpractice environment impacts practicing neurosurgeons. Medical News Today, Apr. 29, 2008.
Cosgrave, C. Preparing your organization for e-discovery: amended federal rules add a new wrinkle to the disclosure process. Health Care's Most Wired Magazine. Part 1. Feb. 5, 2008.
Cosgrave, C. Preparing your organization for e-discovery: hospitals and health systems face unique circumstances when compelled to disclose electronical information. Health Care's Most Wired Magazine. Part 2. Feb. 5, 2008.
Glauser, J. The cost of malpractice [legal notes]. Emergency Medicine News. 30(2):20, 26, 27, Feb. 2008.
Gart, M. Medical malpractice: the first stage. Physician Executive. 34(1):77-79, Jan./Feb. 2008.
Wojcieszak, D., Saxton, J., and Finkelstein, M. Sorry Works: Disclosure, Apology, and Relationships Prevent Medical Malpractice Claims. Glen Carbon, IL: Sorry Works! Coalition, 2008.
Desmond, J. Pre-dispute arbitration agreements in provider contracts: what healthcare risk managers should know. Chicago: American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, 2008.
Stewart, K., editor. Reducing Medical Liability Risk. Nokomis, FL: Nelson Publishing, Inc., 2008.