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Feb 21, 2024
Connecticut Supreme Court Narrows Scope of Physicians’ Immunity from Civil Liability During COVID

The Connecticut Supreme Court recently determined that the executive order by Gov. Ned Lamont granting medical professionals and healthcare facilities immunity from any medical malpractice actions related to care delivered during the state’s COVID-19 response did not apply in two medical malpractice cases. The first case, Mills v. Hartford HealthCare, involved the alleged wrongful death […]

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Feb 7, 2024
Rate of ‘Serious Discipline’ of Physicians by State Medical Boards Drops from Previous Benchmark

A nationwide examination of disciplinary actions taken by state medical boards between 2019 and 2021 concluded that Michigan disciplined physician misconduct at a higher rate than any other state. Determined by the annual average number of “serious disciplinary actions” taken by each state’s medical board per 1,000 licensed physicians, Ohio ranked second, North Dakota third […]

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Jan 31, 2024
New York Lawmakers Again Vote to Update Wrongful Death Statute in Way Doctors Say Would Increase Damages, Harm Safety Net Care

New York lawmakers have again overwhelmingly passed a bill to overhaul the state’s 176-year-old wrongful death statute. A similar bill was vetoed by Gov. Kathy Hochul on Jan. 30 due to her concerns it could result in “significant costs for many sectors of our economy, particularly hospitals that are still recovering from the pandemic and […]

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Jan 24, 2024
ATRF Publishes Annual ‘Judicial Hellholes’ Report, Medical Professional Liability Again Plays Determining Role

The American Tort Reform Foundation (ATRF) issued its 2023/2024 Judicial Hellholes report last month. The annual release documents abuses of the civil justice system in jurisdictions the pro-tort reform group says are among the most unfair and out of balance in the United States. The ATRF is a branch of the American Tort Reform Association […]

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Jan 17, 2024
Florida Supreme Court Changes Appellate Rules So Challenges to Expert Witness Qualifications Can Be Immediately Appealed

The Florida Supreme Court last month amended the state’s rules of appellate procedure “to provide for interlocutory review of nonfinal orders that deny a motion dismiss on the basis of the qualifications of a corroborating witness.” Prior to the rule change, medical malpractice defendants had to wait until the conclusion of their trial before appealing […]

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Jan 3, 2024
Share of Physicians Working in Private Practice Dropped by 13 Points During Past Decade

side note: Our view on the healthcare system is that care provided by doctors is typically better when the doctor is affiliated with a private practice….rather than with a hospital system. How do we get back to this world of better care? A new Policy Research Perspective from the American Medical Association (AMA) indicates the […]

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Dec 12, 2023
Medical Professional Liability Industry Convenes in New Orleans to Address Unique Challenges, Emerging Trends

side note: This is our annual write-up of all that happened at this year’s Medical Professional Liability Industry’s largest conference. What happens here drives changes to the medical malpractice insurance environment over the next 365 days. The Annual Conference of the Medical Professional Liability (MPL) Association took place at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, […]

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Dec 5, 2023
AM Best: U.S. Medical Malpractice Insurers Make Underwriting, Net Income Gains Despite Difficult Environment

In spite of posting better underwriting outcomes and another year of favorable net income, AM Best has decided to retain its negative outlook for the medical professional liability (MPL or Medical Malpractice Insurance) sector this year. The ratings agency justified this outlook based on the segment’s unfavorable returns and an overall reduction in policyholder surplus, […]

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Nov 28, 2023
New Hampshire Legislature Considers Action as Attorney General’s Report on State Medical Board Demands Greater Transparency on Dangerous Doctors

The attorney general of New Hampshire has recently released a report urging the state’s board of medicine to introduce measures that would enhance transparency around physicians who may pose a risk to the public. One of the recommendations made by the attorney general’s office is to make malpractice complaints and settlements publicly available, alongside publishing […]

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