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Dec 27, 2006
Doctors seek to sue Blue Cross

By Lisa Girion, Times Staff Writer http://www.latimes.com California’s largest physician organization on Tuesday asked to join patients in a class-action lawsuit alleging that Blue Cross illegally dumps policyholders after authorizing expensive medical treatment and then refuses to pay the bills. The request by the California Medical Assn. came a week after the state’s hospitals filed […]

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Dec 26, 2006
Paying Doctors for Better Care

http://www.nytimes.com Should doctors be paid in accord with how often they treat you or how well they treat you? The answer presumably is a bit of both. Yet the current fee-for-service reimbursement systems used by Medicare and other insurance programs perversely reward doctors for the volume of services they provide and pay little or no […]

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Dec 26, 2006
Good riddance, 2003 law

http://www.muskogeephoenix.com Good for the Oklahoma Supreme Court. The high court struck down as unconstitutional a 2003 provision that requires patients to get a medical expert to sign an affidavit that their lawsuit has merit before they can proceed with a medical malpractice lawsuit. Legislators approved the law to prevent frivolous lawsuits, something we’ve heard a […]

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Dec 26, 2006
Less-critical condition?

Illinois doctors’ insurance rates actually drop BY JIM RITTER Health Reporter http://www.suntimes.com Illinois doctors are getting some relief from medical-malpractice insurance premiums that can top $100,000. ISMIE Mutual, the state’s largest malpractice insurer, says premiums dropped an average of 5.2 percent this year and likely will hold steady or drop again next year. But the […]

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Dec 26, 2006
The Fallacy of Tort Reform

by joetalarico http://www.mydd.com Not a whole lot new has happened, which gives me the opportunity to do what I like best. Having been accurately depicted by George Will as a narcissist who believes that people actually care about my ramblings, I will ramble on, today about tort reform. Being an anesthesiologist for almost 20 years, […]

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Dec 26, 2006
Illinois Labor Law News: Health Care

Posted by Mark Hathaway, Human Resource Advisory Department http://blog.laborlawcenter.com That Governor Rod R. Blagojevich didn’t stop at just reforming the Prevailing Wage Act or the workers’ comp system in Illinois. He and the state legislator, as well as business leaders and union organization leaders in the state of Illinois has sought to also change how […]

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Dec 26, 2006
Closed malpractice claims paid $119 million in ’05

http://www.newschannel5.com/ NASHVILLE, Tenn. Most medical malpractice claims closed in Tennessee last year resulted in no payment of damages to patients and their families. That’s according to a recent report by the Department of Commerce and Insurance.In 2004, the Legislature passed a law requiring the department to issue annual reports on medical malpractice for the years […]

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Dec 22, 2006
Malpractice muddle

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/ Aside from gasoline, not many commodities have endured a roller-coaster ride in prices like medical malpractice insurance rates. After climbing a breathtaking 28 percent and 33 percent in back-to-back years in 2004 and 2005, the rates for the state’s largest carrier are headed back down (albeit at a somewhat more leisurely pace). Medical Mutual […]

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Dec 22, 2006
Malpractice reform seen as a necessity

Kelsey Volkmann, The Examiner BALTIMORE – Doctors are leaving Maryland because of skyrocketing medical malpractice insurance costs, but the General Assembly might not tackle reform until 2008, when a temporary fix expires, observers and lawmakers say. Hospital medical directors say “they are spending an increasing amount of time on recruiting and retaining physicians,” said Pegeen […]

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