Posts tagged "California"

Dec 9, 2019
How I Found Medical Malpractice Insurance Coverage for a California Psychiatrist with His License in Probationary Status

Dr. Samuel Smith, a psychiatrist in California, contacted me on a recent Monday in a bit of a rush. He was joining a new medical group the following week and they were trying to add him to their group’s medical malpractice insurance policy with their standard carrier. However, the medical malpractice carrier denied him coverage […]

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Jul 17, 2013
Consumer Group, Plaintiff Attorneys Want California Voters to Overturn MICRA Cap

Since 1975, California’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) has been the golden standard of medical liability tort reforms. Signed into law during the nation’s first medical malpractice insurance premium crisis, MICRA instituted a cap of $250,000 on non-economic (pain-and-suffering) damages, capped the percentage of an award available for attorney fees, shortened the statute of […]

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Jun 13, 2012
California Medical Liability Insurance Rates Reduced Again

On June 11, the California Department of Insurance announced that it was flexing its rate regulation authority by mandating the state’s largest insurer of medical liability decrease its California medical malpractice insurance rates by an average of 10 percent. The Doctors Company now joins MIEC, MedPro, NORCAL Mutual, The Dentists Insurance Company and NCMIC in […]

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May 2, 2012
More than Half of All Medical Malpractice Indemnity Payments Were Made by Six States

A recently released study of all medical malpractice payments made in 2011 indicates that six states accounted for more than half of all medical malpractice indemnifications. The analyzed data came from the National Practitioner Data Bank That is an astonishing statistic. Which six states accounted for more than half of all medical malpractice indemnity payments […]

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Apr 10, 2012
California Mandates 3 Medical Malpractice Insurers Reduce Rates

California insurance commissioner Dave Jones recently mandated lower rates for medical professional liability insurance offered by NORCAL Mutual Insurance, the Dentists Insurance Company and the MIEC Physicians & Surgeons program. Last year, Jones asked California’s top six medical malpractice insurance companies to submit rate filings to the Department of Insurance and justify their current rates. […]

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Nov 22, 2011
Computer with Information on 4 Million Patients Stolen in California

side note: Today’s healthcare industry is increasingly dependent on computers and data sharing via the internet or an intranet system. Add to this the increasingly common use of social networking services, like Facebook, as a means of marketing a medical practice to potential patient customers. This evolution toward cyber-dependency has been accelerated by the Patient […]

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Nov 11, 2011
Insurance Reform Needed to Lower New York Doctors' Medical Malpractice Rates, California Consumer Watchdog Testifies

side note: California has long been on the cutting edge of medical liability tort reform. It was the first state in the nation to institute a cap on non-economic damages with the 1975 Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) of 1975. The cap helped California stabilize liability costs, particularly for specialty and high-risk services such […]

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Sep 27, 2011
California's $250,000 Cap on Non-Economic Damages in Malpractice Cases Upheld

side note: Since 1975, California’s MICRA Tort Reforms, which include a $250,000 cap on non-economic damages, has been the gold standard of tort reforms for more than 35 years. It has been tested in the state’s court system regularly, and most recently, an appellate court decision that reduced a $6 million jury award to the […]

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Jun 2, 2010
Avoidable Medical Errors a Danger to Patients, Doctors and Hospitals

Side note: California is taking steps to deal with so-called ‘never events’ at the state’s hospitals. A particular problem is accidentally leaving surgical instruments and materials inside a patient after completion of surgery. In an effort to reduce the number of these errors, California has been fining hospitals for their mistakes, collecting nearly $300,000 in […]

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