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Jan 2, 2013
2012/2013 'Judicial Hellholes' Report Emphasizes Medical Liability Reforms

The American Tort Reform Foundation (ATRF) released its 2012/2013 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), an umbrella […]

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Dec 20, 2012
Michigan Legislature Passes Two Medical Malpractice Tort Reform Bills

On Dec. 13, 2012, the Michigan Legislature passed two bills pertaining to medical professional liability. Senate Bill 115 caps recoverable non-economic damages at $280,000 and reduces the total amount of future damages to present values at a rate of 5 percent per year, compounded annually, for each year in which those damages accrue. Senate Bill […]

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Dec 11, 2012
Obamacare – The Latest Development

A new charge that has recently been brought to the public’s attention will add a $63-per-head fee to help deal with the costs of covering folks with pre-existing conditions. When you start thinking of companies with thousands of employees, this new fee can appear daunting.  Especially in the current economic environment. From the article: […]

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Nov 28, 2012
Indiana Supreme Court Rules PCF Cannot Contest Liability

On Oct. 31, the Indiana Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the state’s Patient Compensation Fund (PCF)—established to cover excess damages in medical malpractice cases—may not dispute the existence or cause of a plaintiff’s injury in a case in which the medical providers previously settled the claim, admitting liability. The decision, Robertson v. B.O., has led […]

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Oct 31, 2012
HHS Announces Patient Safety and Medical Liability Demonstration Projects

side note: This may not be the federal tort reform most physicians had hoped for, but it is a start. Below please find the official press release from the Health & Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality that details how the $25 million in funding will be allocated. The Department of Health and […]

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Oct 11, 2012
Iowa Congressman King says tort reform has to be part of health care reform

Fifth District Congressman Steve King saw a large crowd at his town hall meeting on health care Monday at Western Iowa Tech community college in Sioux City. King, a Republican from Kiron, says health care reform must also include tort reform. King says a high percentage of the cost of U.S. health care is because […]

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Aug 9, 2012
Massachusetts' New Disclosure, Apology and Offer Law

The new “Disclosure, Apology and Offer Law” from Massachusetts is unprecedented. It has doctors and lawyers working together! It’s a good day. If you follow this blog, you know that we are big fans of tort reform and innovative attempts at lowering medical malpractice costs and streamlining the claim process. The new Disclosure, Apology and […]

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Jun 29, 2012
What the Affordable Care Act Means for Your Independent Practice

No doubt if you are a medical care giver or work in the health care field, you were glued to your television or computer Thursday morning waiting for the Affordable Care Act Supreme Court ruling. Now that the Affordable Care Act ruling has been handed down, and we see that most of the legislation has […]

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May 7, 2012
Study Questions Texas Medical Malpractice Tort Reforms

A new study of call into question the commonly held belief that Texas’s 2003 tort reform not only lowered medical malpractice insurance premiums, but also attracted an influx of doctors to serve the state’s more rural patients The 2003 Texas tort reforms are legendary in medical malpractice insurance circles. At the heart of the reforms […]

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