Scanning the Headlines: Medical Liability 2003-2007 (Archive)
Updated on October 23, 2012
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Medical Malpractice Reform. No. 163. Dallas: National Center for Policy Analysis, Dec. 18, 2007.
Guglielmo, W. Exclusive survey -- malpractice premiums: starting to level off. Medical Economics Magazine. :1-2, Dec. 7, 2007.
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. Nov. 26, 2007.
2007 Hospital Professional Liability and Physician Liability Benchmark Analysis. Chicago: American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, Oct. 15, 2007.
Domino, K. Professional liability insurance for anesthesiologists: yearly survey of premiums. American Society of Anesthesiologists Newsletter. 71(8):5-6, 9, Aug. 2007.
Bird, M. Acute pain management: a new area of liability for anesthesiologists. American Society of Anesthesiologists Newsletter. 71(8):7-9, Aug. 2007.
Liau, D. Trends in chronic pain management malpractice claims. American Society of Anesthesiologists Newsletter. 71(8):10-11, 25, Aug. 2007.
Michna, E. The physician's emotional response to a lawsuit...and accompanying ramifications. American Society of Anesthesiologists Newsletter. 71(8):12-13, Aug. 2007.
Peterson, G. Malpractice insurance: what are the limits? American Society of Anesthesiologists Newsletter. 71(8):14-15, Aug. 2007.
Nelson, L., Morrisey, M., and Kilgore, M. Damages caps in medical malpractice cases. Milbank Quarterly. 85(2):259-286, June 2007.
O'Connell, J. Commentary: binding early offers versus caps for medical malpractice claims? Milbank Quarterly. 85(2):287-296, June 2007.
Bovbjerg, R. Commentary: malpractice reform in policy perspective. Milbank Quarterly. 85(2):297-305, June 2007.
Balcker, K., Fisher, E., and Chandra, A. Malpractice liability costs and the practice of medicine in the Medicare program. Health Affairs. 26(3):841-852, May/June 2007.
Sun, J., and Schmit, J. How Do the State Medical Malpractice Laws Affect the Access to Health Care? Rochester, NY: Social Science Electronic Publishing, Apr. 11, 2007.
Waters, T., and others. Impact of State tort reforms on physician malpractice payments. Health Affairs. 26(2):500-509, Mar/Apr. 2007
Medical Malpractice Insurance: Stable Losses/Unstable Rates 2007. New York: Americans for Insurance Reform, Mar. 28, 2007.
2006 Update on U.S. Tort Costs Trends. Atlanta, GA: Towers Perrin Tillinghast, Mar. 2007.
Cohen, T., and Hughes, K. Medical Malpractice Insurance Claims in Seven States, 2000-2004. Washington: U.S. Department of Justice, Mar. 2007.
2007 Update on U.S. Tort Cost Trends. Atlanta, GA: Towers Perrin, 2007.
Kane, C., and Emmons, D. The Impact of Liability Pressure and Caps on Damages on the Healthcare Market: An Update of Recent Literature. Chicago: American Medical Association, 2007.
Aon Global Risk Consulting. Hospital Professional Liability and Physician Liability: 2007 Benchmark Analysis. Chicago: American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, 2007. (Ref WX 157 H828p 2007).
Jury Verdict Research. Current Award Trends in Personal Injury, 46th edition, 2007 Horsham, PA: LRP Publications, 2007.
Zeiler, K., and others. "Physicians' Insurance Limits and Malpractice Payments: Evidence from Texas Closed Claims, 1990-2003". Journal of Legal Studies, 2007.
Stern, C., and Schechter, C. Mediating medical malpractice lawsuits against hospitals: New York City's pilot project. Health Affairs. 25(5):1394-1399, Sept./Oct. 2006.
'Early offers' may save millions per claim. Medical Liability Monitor. 31(9):1, 5, Sept. 2006.
USF survey: malpractice concerns may deter medical students from becoming ob/gyns. Medical Liability Monitor. 31(9):1, 7, Sept. 2006.
Physicians vary in when, how they would disclose a medical error. Medical Liability Monitor. 31(9):2, Sept. 2006.
Texas medical association's physician survey indicates the state's tort reform successful. Medical Liability Monitor. 31(9):4, Sept. 2006.
Lawyers 'zeroing' in on infections; will juries see all as preventable? Hospital Infection Control. 33(9):97-100, Sept. 2006.
Does educating patients increase hospital liability? Hospital Infection Control. 33(9):99, Sept. 2006.
Lauffer, D. Response of a community hospital in West Virginia to the medical malpractice crisis. Journal of Healthcare Management. 51(4):275-280, July/Aug. 2006.
Fernandez, B., and Sarata, A. Medical Malpractice: The Role of Patient Safety Initiatives. Washington: Congressional Research Service, July 14, 2006.
Evaluation of Early Offer Reform of Medical Malpractice Claims: Final Report. Washington: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, June 2006.
Rodwin, M., Chang, H., and Clausen, J. Malpractice premiums and physicians' income: perceptions of a crisis conflict with empirical evidence. Health Affairs. 25(3):750-758, May/June 2006.
Blake, J., and others. The US medical liability system: evidence for legislative reform. Annals of Family Medicine. 4(3):240-246, May/June 2006.
Annas, G. The patient's right to safety--improving the quality of care through litigation against hospitals. New England Journal of Medicine. 354(19):2063-2066, May 11, 2006.
Studdert, D., and others. Claims, errors, and compensation payments in medical malpractice litigation. New England Journal of Medicine. 354(19):2024-2033, May 11, 2006.
Webel, B. Medical Malpractice Insurance: An Economic Introduction and Review of Historical Experience. Washington: Congressional Research Service, May 5, 2006.
Gilmour, J. Patient Safety, Medical Error and Tort Law: an International Comparison. Boston, MA: Health Policy Research Program, May, 2006.
Williams, C., and Mello, M. Medical malpractice: impact of the crisis and effect of state tort reforms. Policy Brief No. 10. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. May 2006.
Kesselheim, A., Ferris, T., and Studdert, D. Will physician-level measures of clinical performance be used in medical malpractice litigation? Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA). 295(15):1831-1834, Apr. 18, 2006.
Kessler, D. The determinants of the cost of medical liability insurance. Physician Insurers of America (PIAA). Apr. 25, 2006.
Mello, M. Understanding medical malpractice insurance: a primer. Research Synthesis Report No. 8. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Jan. 2006.
2006 Update on U.S. Tort Cost Trends. Atlanta, GA: Towers Perrin/Tillinghast, 2006.
2006 Hospital Professional Liability and Physician Liability Benchmark Analysis. Chicago: American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, 2006.
Mello, M., and others. "Health courts" and accountability for patient safety. Milbank Quarterly. 84(3), 2006.
Thomas, C., editor. Current Award Trends in Personal Injury. 45th ed. Horsham, PA: LRP Publications, 2006. (Ref KF 1256 A15 C976 2006).
U.S. Tort Costs and Cross-Border Perspectives: 2005 Update. News Release, Mar. 2006. Atlanta, GA: Towers Perrin Tillinghast, 2006.
U.S. medical liability trend showing strong signs of improvement. Healthcare Financial Management Association. 59(12):108-109, Dec. 2005.
Charles, S. Medical liability litigation as a distruptive life event. Bulletin American College of Surgeons. 90(12):17-23, Dec. 2005.
Dore, S. 2005 rate survey shows rate increases leveling but not for all physician: 15th annual medical liability monitor rate survey. Medical Liability Monitor. 30(10):1, 3, 28, Oct. 2005.
Malpractice fears may make ED docs defensive. ED Management. 17(9):102-103, Sept. 2005.
Aon Risk Consultants. 2005 Benchmark Analysis: Hospital Professional Liability and Physician Liability. Chicago: American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, Oct. 17, 2005. (Ref WX 157 H828p 2005).
Huff, C. The not-so-simple truth. Hospitals and Health Networks. 79(8):44-55, Aug. 2005.
Angoff J. Falling claims and rising premiums in the medical malpractice insurance industry. Center for Justice and Democracy, July 2005.
Budetti, P. Tort reform and the patient safety movement. JAMA. 293(21):2609, 2618, June 1, 2005.
Studdert, D., and others. Defensive medicine among high-risk specialist physicians in a volatile malpractice environment. JAMA. 293(21):2618, 2660, June 1, 2005.
Kessler, D., Sage, W., and Becker, D. Impact of malpractice reforms on the supply of physician services. JAMA. 293(21):2609, 2660, June 1, 2005.
Shinkman, R. The disappearing doctor. Trustee. 58(6):6-10, June 2005.
Smith, H. Defeating the malpractice crisis with standardized review of expert opinions. The Physician Executive. 31(3):24-32, May/June, 2005.
Dranove, D., and Gron, A. Effects of the malpractice crisis on access to and incidence of high-risk procedures: evidence form Florida. Health Affairs. 24(3):802-10, May/June 2005.
Chandra, A., Nundy, S., and Seabury, S. The growth of physician model malpractice payments: evidence from the National Practitioner Data Bank. Health Affairs, May 31, 2005.
Budetti, P., and Waters, T. Medical malpractice law in the United States. Kaiser Family Foundation, May 2005.
Statehealthfacts.org. Number of paid medical malpractice claims [by state]. Kaiser Family Foundation, May 2005.
Medmal jury verdict awards show 20 percent increase in 2003 after three flat years. Medical Liability Monitor. 30(5):1, 7, May 2005.
Medmal insurance largest contributor to decline in physician satisfaction. Medical Liability Monitor. 30(5):5, May 2005.
Cohen, H. Medical Malpractice Liability Reform: Legal Issues and Fifty-State Survey of Caps on Punitive Damages and Noneconomic Damages. Washington: Congressional Research Service, Apr. 11, 2005.
Hospital malpractice expenses. PHC4 Issue Brief [Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council] No. 4, Apr. 2005.. Public Citizen. Congress Watch, Apr. 2005.
Carroll, J. Going on the offensive against defensive medicine. Managed Care. 14(3):20-22, Mar. 2005.
Treaster, J., and Brinkley, J. Behind those medical malpractice rates. New York Times. Feb. 22, 2005.
Cohen, M., and others. Emerging credentialing practices, malpractice liability policies, and guidelines governing complementary and alternative medical practices and dietary supplement recommendations. Archives of Internal Medicine. 165:289-295, Feb. 14, 2005.
Albert, T. Preventing lawsuits: Coalition pushes apologies and cash up-front. American Medical News. Feb. 7, 2005.
Health Care at the Crossroads: Strategies for Improving the Medical Liability System and Preventing Patient Injury. Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Feb. 2005.
Fernandez, B., and Larkins, F. Medical malpractice: the role of patient safety initiatives. CRS Report for Congress. Congressional Research, The Library of Congress. Order Code RL32092. Jan. 24, 2005.
U.S. tort costs and cross-border perspectives: 2005 update. Towers Perrin/Tillinghast. Jan. 23, 2005.
Webel, B. Medical malpractice insurance: an economic introduction and review of historical experience. CRS Report Congress. Congressional Research, The Library of Congress. Order Code RL31886. Jan. 19, 2005.
Taylor, M. Another option: HHS tests alternatives to malpractice lawsuits. Modern Healthcare. 35(3):16, Jan. 17, 2005.
Dao, J. A push in states to curb malpractice costs. The New York Times. Jan. 14, 2005.
Albert, T. Insurer gives prize for ideas to curb lawsuits. American Medical News. Jan. 3/10, 2005.
Delashmutt, S. Would tort reform improve patient safety? Trustee. 58(1):20-22, Jan. 2005.
Health Care at the Crossroads: Strategies for Improving the Medical Liability System and Preventing Patient Injury. Oakbrook Terrace, IL: Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, 2005.
Doran, B., editor. Medical Malpractice: Verdicts, Settlements and Statistical Analysis. Horsham, PA: Jury Verdict Research, 2005.
Menachemi, N. The changing face of access to family physician services in rural Florida. Family Medicine. 37(1):54-58, 2005.
Insurance rates for hospital professionals may slow in 2005. Healthcare Financial Management. 58(12):104, Dec. 2004.
Hallinan, J. In malpractice trials, juries rarely have the last word. Wall Street Journal. P. A1, Nov. 30, 2004.
America's Medical Liability Crisis: A National View. American Medical Association, Nov. 2004 [with ongoing updates].
Dore, S. 2004 rate survey indicates rate increases may be leveling but triple-digit hikes not over. Medical Liability Monitor. 29(10):1-6, Oct. 2004.
Mello, M., and others. Caring for patients in a malpractice crisis: physician satisfaction and quality of care. Health Affairs. 23(4):42-53, Jul./Aug. 2004.
Struve, C. Improving the medical malpractice litigation process. Health Affairs. 23(4):33-41, Jul./Aug. 2004.
Studdert, D., Yang, Y., and Mello, M. Are damages caps regressive? A study of malpractice jury verdicts in California. Health Affairs. 23(4):54-67, Jul./Aug. 2004.
Liebman, C., and Hyman, C. A medication skills model to manage disclosure of errors and adverse events to patients. Health Affairs. 23(4):22-32, Jul./Aug. 2004.
Sage, W. The forgotton third: liability insurance and the medical malpractice crisis. Health Affairs. 23(4):10-21, Jul./Aug. 2004.
Cohen, T. Medical malpractice trials and verdicts in large counties, 2001. Civil justice survey of state courts, 2001. Civil Justice Data Brief U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, Apr 2004.
Thorpe, K. The medical malpractice 'crisis': recent trends and the impact of state tort reforms. Health Affairs. Jan. 21, 2004.
U.S. tort costs: 2004 update. Trends and findings on the cost of the U.S. tort system. Towers Perrin, Tillinghast, 2004.
Das, A., Schwartz, J., and Derenzo, E. True risk management physicians' liability risk and the practice of patient-centered medicine. Journal of Law and Health. 18(1):57-69, 2003-04.
Medicare Payment to Physicians for Professional Liability Insurance. Washington: Medpac, Aug. 12, 2003.