Medical Malpractice Insurance

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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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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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Apr 5, 2023
ATRF Publishes Annual ‘Judicial Hellholes’ Report, Medical Professional Liability Again Plays Determining Role

The American Tort Reform Foundation (ATRF) issued its 2022/2023 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 nation. The ATRF is a branch of the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA), […]

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Mar 22, 2023
Medical Professional Liability Premium Growth Slowed in 2022

The medical professional liability insurance industry experienced double-digit premium growth in 2021, driven by firmer pricing and a return to pre-pandemic levels of healthcare utilization, but those gains waned last year, according to a new report published by the Medical Professional Liability (MPL) Association. The report examines direct premiums written for physicians and hospitals as […]

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Feb 8, 2023
Study Shows Wide Variance Among States’ Malpractice Costs

Physicians, nurses and healthcare workers in the state of New York suffered the largest number of medical malpractice lawsuits filed between 2012 and 2022, while those in Wisconsin experienced the fewest filings during the same period, according to a study published online late last year. According to the study, when the numbers were adjusted for […]

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Nov 14, 2022
Health Insurer Sued for Medical Malpractice Over Prior Authorization

The estate of Kathleen Valentini blames her health insurance company Group Health Inc. (GHI) and its utilization review process for her 2020 death from cancer. Attorneys for her estate argued that the insurer’s denial of prior authorization for an MRI constituted medical malpractice, a delay in diagnosis that led to the amputation of her hip, […]

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Jun 23, 2022
California Healthcare Providers, Trial Attorneys, Legislators Reach Deal to Increase MICRA Cap

Stakeholders in the decades-long battle over California’s noneconomic damages cap for medical liability jury verdicts announced they have reached a compromise between healthcare, legal and consumer advocates on legislation to modernize the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA). Signed into law in 1975, MICRA established a $250,000 cap on medical malpractice awards for things like […]

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Jun 13, 2022
AM Best Maintains Negative Outlook for MPL Segment in 2022, Cites Rising Loss Costs, Increasing Severity, Diminished Reserves

AM Best maintained its negative outlook for the U.S. medical professional liability (MPL) insurance segment in 2022. In a Market Segment Outlook published recently, the global credit ratings agency cited the ongoing pressures of a depressed demand, rising loss cost trends, an increase in high-severity claims, social inflation and diminishing reserve redundancies as justification for continued […]

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