Medical Malpractice Insurance

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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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Jun 9, 2022
2022 Q3 State Updates #2: Missouri and New Jersey

The 2022 Q3 #1 State Update can be found here. Missouri Considers Shrinking its Personal Injury Statute of Limitations Legislators in both chambers of the Missouri General Assembly are currently debating bills to shrink the state’s statute of limitations for personal injury claims from five to two years. Only Maine and South Dakota have longer […]

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Jun 7, 2022
Doctors, Politicians Battle Over COVID Disinformation, Standard of Care

A growing number of state medical boards have been pushing back against the minority of healthcare professionals spreading dangerous COVID-19 disinformation and prescribing unproven coronavirus treatments. They are increasingly meeting resistance from conservative lawmakers. “Physicians who generate and spread COVID-19 vaccine misinformation or disinformation are risking disciplinary action by state medical boards, including the suspension […]

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Jun 1, 2022
2022 Q3 State Updates: Iowa and Kentucky

Iowa House Advances Bill with Hard Noneconomic Damage Cap The Labor Committee of the Iowa House of Representatives advanced legislation recently intended to combat the state’s worker shortage by reforming unemployment and tort laws. The bill is divided into two sections: one relates to unemployment insurance and the other would create a $1 million hard […]

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May 18, 2022
ATRF Publishes Annual ‘Judicial Hellhole Report,’ Medical Professional Liability Again Plays Determining Role

The American Tort Reform Foundation (ATRF) issued its 2021/2022 Judicial Hellholes report late last year in December. 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 […]

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May 10, 2022
California Hospitalist Wants Federal Court to Declare Disciplinary Hearings Unconstitutional

A California hospitalist who had his hospital privileges rescinded in 2015 for alleged substandard performance and inadequate record-keeping filed a civil action last month asking a federal court to reinstate those privileges. The action alleges a lack of due process during medical disciplinary hearings violates the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. In the case […]

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Nov 19, 2021
2022 Medical Malpractice Insurance Rates: What the data tells us

Our take: The data in this expansive report shows us that we should continue to see medical malpractice insurance rates increase over the next 12-16 months. This is not great news for doctors and other healthcare providers as they will likely see their premiums rise. We expect to see an increase in physicians shopping their […]

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