Articles posted by Bob

Jan 5, 2011
Louisiana Republicans Eager to Push Medical Malpractice Reform

Side note: Republican congressmen from Louisiana are eager for the new session of Congress to begin. The #1 item on their agenda…. the repeal of Obama’s historic health care overhaul. But there is one problem, they are uncertain of what they will propose in its place. Experts believe that the vote against health care reform […]

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Jan 3, 2011
Medical Malpractice Insurance Savings from Electronic Medical Records yet to be seen

Side note: Since its recent introduction, medical malpractice insurance companies have been promoting electronic medical records, or EMRs, as a “miracle innovation” that would help to lower medical malpractice rates. As of November, 2010, when the Conning Research and Consulting Company released their findings, the promised savings from EMRs have not materialized. The study also […]

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Dec 30, 2010
Is Illinois a Medical Malpractice Hell Hole?

Side note: It is, according to the annual American Tort Reform Association’s “Judicial Hellholes” report. Cook county is listed as the number 5 worst county in the country while St. Clair and Madison counties made the “watch list”; Cook county has the infamous distinction of being a former #1. The list is based on the […]

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Dec 29, 2010
Renowned Indiana Medical Malpractice Judge Retires

Side note: Judge Michael H. Eldred retired from the Vigo Superior Court on Tuesday Dec. 28. Judge Eldred had served on the Indiana court for more than 30 years and his retirement brought out everyone, who is anyone, in the Indiana Justice System. Known for his versatility, Judge Eldred presided over everything from criminal law […]

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Dec 28, 2010
Illinois Professionals Health Program now Monitoring Doctors with Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Side note: The Illinois Professionals Health Program, the same organization that has drawn criticism for its lack of transparency while monitoring health professionals with records of substance abuse, has been made responsible for the monitoring of doctors with a history of sexual misconduct. Opponents charge that the “off-the-book”, secretive nature of the program does not […]

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Dec 10, 2010
Virginia Doctors and Trial Lawyers Reach Medical Malpractice Insurance Cap Compromise

Side note: Doctors and trial lawyers in Virginia reached a compromise dealing with increasing the state’s medical malpractice insurance cap. The cap is currently set at 2 million dollars and the two parties agreed to yearly increments of $50,000 for the next 20 years. Trial lawyers lobbied for increases to the cap in order to […]

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Dec 9, 2010
Louisiana’s Medical Malpractice Insurance Caps get Struck Down

Side note: Medical malpractice insurance reform is dealt a blow when med-mal insurance caps in Louisiana are declared unconstitutional. Unfortunately the malpractice case in question is so tragic that the verdict sounds reasonable. This case serves as a reminder why the medical community must help police itself to weed out the negligent, and unqualified, medical […]

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Dec 6, 2010
High Medical Malpractice Insurance Rates Causing a Doctor Shortage in Connecticut

Side note: Sky-high medical malpractice insurance rates, and cuts to Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements, are causing a shortage of doctors in the state of Connecticut. There is more of a demand for primary care physicians than there is doctors to fill the need; this is especially true in the state’s urban areas. Many patients who […]

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Dec 1, 2010
Justice Department help’s with the Formation of ACOs

Side note: The US Justice Department announces recently that it will be working with medical professionals in the formation of professional organizations. Accountable care organizations, or ACOs, are a main focus of the recently passed health care reform bill. The ACOs will be alliances of doctors and hospitals formed to lower costs and increase buying […]

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