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Nov 14, 2023
Michigan Reforms Prior Authorization Process to Increase Speed, Transparency

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last month signed Public Act 60, which reforms the prior-authorization process for patients and healthcare professionals in the state. The goal of the act, which becomes effective this past June 1, is to make the prior-authorization process faster, more effective, and more transparent. The changes outlined in Public Act 60 apply […]

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Jun 12, 2023
Medical review panels in Louisiana are not allowed to take into account COVID immunity

According to a recent decision by the Louisiana Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, medical review panels tasked with assessing the viability of medical liability cases cannot take into account whether a healthcare provider is immune from a claim under the state’s COVID-19 public health emergency declaration. The court found that statutory immunity can […]

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May 15, 2023
By fixing the damage cap, New Mexico managed to prevent a crisis in medical malpractice insurance

In March of this year, the New Mexico Legislature passed a bipartisan update to the state’s Medical Malpractice Act just days before the end of the 2023 session. This move prevented a potential medical liability insurance crisis. Senate Bill 523, a compromise between trial lawyers and healthcare professionals, establishes a $1 million cap on medical […]

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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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Mar 1, 2023
Alaska Supreme Court Overturns Law Limiting Awards in Some Medical Malpractice Cases

The Alaska Supreme Court determined late last year that a 1976 law limiting financial awards in medical liability lawsuits for Alaskans with health insurance is unconstitutional. The statute at issue, AS 09.55.548(b), provided that when a medical malpractice claimant’s losses have already been compensated in part by a collateral source, such as a health insurer, […]

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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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Oct 24, 2022
North Carolina Supreme Court Removes Precedent Shielding Nurses from Medical Liability Claims

The Supreme Court of North Carolina overturned a 90-year-old state court precedent that protected nurses from civil liability when they were working under a physician’s supervision. The underlying case, Connette v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority, involved then three-year-old Amaya Gullatte, who suffered permanent brain damage, cerebral palsy and “profound developmental delay” after undergoing a procedure for […]

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