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Nov 28, 2023
New Hampshire Legislature Considers Action as Attorney General’s Report on State Medical Board Demands Greater Transparency on Dangerous Doctors

The attorney general of New Hampshire has recently released a report urging the state’s board of medicine to introduce measures that would enhance transparency around physicians who may pose a risk to the public. One of the recommendations made by the attorney general’s office is to make malpractice complaints and settlements publicly available, alongside publishing […]

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Nov 16, 2023
What to Know About Consent to Settle

Consent to settle is a feature in many malpractice insurance policies that gives you, the insured, the right to approve or deny any settlement offer made in a malpractice lawsuit. This clause is designed to protect your interests and give you control over your professional reputation. Why is Consent to Settle Important? Without a consent […]

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Nov 15, 2023
What to Know About Malpractice Policy Exclusions and Limits

As a healthcare professional, you know all too well that your malpractice insurance policy is your shield against potential lawsuits. Having a clear picture of the nuances of your policy, specifically the exclusions and limits, is vital to ensuring that you have the right protection in place. Understanding these aspects is vital as they directly […]

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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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Nov 10, 2023
Does Your Malpractice Policy Provide Adequate Coverage?

As an established physician, you’ve likely had to navigate the complex world of malpractice insurance more than once. You’ve seen the landscape change, premiums fluctuate, and policy terms evolve. But as you continue working diligently to build your reputation and practice, one question tends to come up time and again: Does your current malpractice policy […]

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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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