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$2 million grant funds study on the effects of malpractice risk, incentives on cardiac testing
Steven Farmer, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of medicine and health policy at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, received a two million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the effect of malpractice risk and financial incentives on cardiac testing, which will inform ongoing state malpractice reforms and federal payment reform. (2014-09-10)
Obstetric malpractice claims dip when hospitals stress patient safety
A Connecticut hospital saw a 50 percent drop in malpractice liability claims and payments when it made patient safety initiatives a priority by training doctors and nurses to improve teamwork and communication, hiring a patient safety nurse, and standardizing practices, according to a study by Yale School of Medicine researchers. (2014-06-10)
In-store clinics, 'telemedicine' and the death of windfall malpractice judgments
A University of Cincinnati professor's new book reviews the changing landscape of medical malpractice law. (2014-05-22)
At least 1 in 20 adult outpatients misdiagnosed in US every year
At least one in 20 adults is misdiagnosed in outpatient clinics in the US every year, amounting to 12 million people nationwide, and posing a 'substantial patient safety risk,' finds research published online in BMJ Quality & Safety. (2014-04-16)
ACA could change costs for auto, malpractice and other insurance, study finds
The Affordable Care Act focuses on reforming health insurance, but the federal legislation also could have an impact on other forms of insurance. (2014-04-09)
Paper guides physicians' disclosure of colleagues' errors
A position paper published in the NEJM gives guidance to clinicians about broaching potential medical mistakes made by co-workers. (2013-10-30)
Massachusetts primary care malpractice claims related to alleged misdiagnoses
Most of the primary care malpractice claims filed in Massachusetts are related to alleged misdiagnoses, according to study by Gordon D. (2013-09-30)
Technology/equipment issues account for almost 1 in 4 operating room errors
Around a quarter of all operating room errors are caused by technology/equipment problems, indicates an analysis of the available evidence, published online in BMJ Quality & Safety. (2013-07-25)
Missed diagnoses and drug errors make up bulk of primary care malpractice claims
Missed diagnoses -- particularly of cancer, heart attack, and meningitis -- and drug errors make up the bulk of malpractice claims brought against doctors in primary care, finds an analysis of published data in the online journal BMJ Open. (2013-07-18)
'Catastrophic' malpractice payouts add little to health care's rising costs
Efforts to lower health care costs in the United States have focused at times on demands to reform the medical malpractice system, with some researchers asserting that large, headline-grabbing and (2013-04-30)
Diagnostic errors more common, costly and harmful than treatment mistakes
In reviewing 25 years of US malpractice claim payouts, Johns Hopkins researchers found that diagnostic errors -- not surgical mistakes or medication overdoses -- accounted for the largest fraction of claims, the most severe patient harm, and the highest total of penalty payouts. (2013-04-22)
Looming malpractice
The average physician will spend more than ten percent of his or her career facing an open malpractice claim. (2013-01-07)
Johns Hopkins malpractice study: Surgical 'never events' occur at least 4,000 times per year
After a cautious and rigorous analysis of national malpractice claims, Johns Hopkins patient safety researchers estimate that a surgeon in the United States leaves a foreign object such as a sponge or a towel inside a patient's body after an operation 39 times a week, performs the wrong procedure on a patient 20 times a week and operates on the wrong body site 20 times a week. (2012-12-19)
Doing the right thing when things go wrong
The Univ. of Michigan Health System doesn't claim to be perfect. (2012-12-14)
Experts warn of misbehaving tooth fairy
Opinions of the tooth fairy as kind and giving may need to be revised following (2012-12-13)
Less-experienced physicians more costly than more-experienced physicians
Physicians with the least experience spend significantly more money treating patients than physicians who have the most experience. (2012-11-05)
Doctors speak out about unnecessary care as cost put at $800 billion a year
Leading doctors are calling for action to tackle unnecessary care that is estimated to account for up to $800 billion in the United States every year. (2012-10-02)
'I knew it all along...didn't I?' - Understanding hindsight bias
The situation may be different each time, but we hear ourselves say it over and over again: (2012-09-06)
Patients want more risks disclosed before treatment
Australian doctors sometimes fail to warn patients of risks that could affect the patient's quality of life before providing treatment or surgery, a new study by University of Melbourne researchers has shown. (2012-08-07)
Doctors often don't disclose all possible risks to patients before treatment
Most informed consent disputes involve disagreements about who said what and when, not stand-offs over whether a particular risk ought to have been disclosed. (2012-08-07)
New prostate cancer screening guidelines face a tough sell, study suggests
Recent recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force advising elimination of routine prostate-specific antigen screening for prostate cancer in healthy men are likely to encounter serious pushback from primary care physicians, according to results of a survey by Johns Hopkins investigators. (2012-05-25)
Radiologists rank themselves as less than competent on health policy issues
Radiologists classify themselves as less competent than other physicians regarding knowledge of patient imaging costs and patient safety, a new study shows. (2012-04-30)
The poor, in fact, are less likely to sue their doctor
Contrary to the common perception among physicians that poor people sue doctors more frequently, researchers demonstrate that socioeconomically disadvantaged patients, in fact, tend to sue physicians less often. (2012-02-27)
Vanderbilt study shows high cost of defensive medicine
Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers estimate that US orthopaedic surgeons create approximately $2 billion per year in unnecessary health care costs associated with orthopaedic care due to the practice of defensive medicine. (2012-02-09)
Annual cost of defensive orthopaedic medicine estimated at $2 billion
In a first-ever national survey of orthopaedic surgeons, 96 percent said they have practiced defensive medicine. (2012-02-09)
Malpractice suits cause psychological distress and career burnout among US surgeons
According to the results of a new study published in the November 2011 Journal of the American College of Surgeons, malpractice lawsuits against US surgeons occur often and can take a profound personal toll on the surgeon, resulting in emotional exhaustion, stress, and professional dissatisfaction. (2011-11-14)
Diagnostic physicians at increased risk for medical malpractice claims due to communication failures
Because clinical evaluation often depends on diagnostic tests, diagnostic physicians have a responsibility to notify referring clinicians when test results reveal urgent or unexpected findings. (2011-11-01)
Survey shows many US physicians believe their own patients are receiving too much care
A survey of US primary care physicians shows that many believe that their own patients are receiving too much medical care and many feel that malpractice reform, realignment of financial incentives and having more time with patients could reduce pressures on physicians to do more than they feel is needed, according to a report in the Sept. (2011-09-26)
Most physicians will face malpractice claims, but risk of making payment is low
While most US physicians will face a malpractice lawsuit at some time in their careers, the vast majority of those suits will not result in payment to a plaintiff. (2011-08-17)
New study shows artery-opening procedure still widely used in spite of changed guidelines
Despite changes in standard treatment practice guidelines issued by the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association and the European Society of Cardiology several years ago, there has been no meaningful change in the nation's practice of opening completely blocked coronary arteries with balloons and stents in the days after a heart attack, according to a new study published in the July 11, 2011, issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. (2011-07-11)
JAMA study points to patient safety risks outside hospital walls
Ever since the Institute of Medicine issued its landmark report (2011-06-14)
Number of paid malpractice claims similar between inpatient and outpatient settings
In an examination of trends of malpractice claims, there has been a greater decline in the rate of paid claims for inpatient settings than outpatient settings, and in 2009, the number of malpractice claims for events resulting in paid malpractice claims in outpatient and inpatient settings were similar, according to a study in the June 15 issue of JAMA. (2011-06-14)
Medicare improved Canadian doctors' salaries: Queen's University study
US doctors might find that their incomes start to rise -- not decline -- when Barack Obama's health care reforms are put in place says a Queen's University School of Medicine professor. (2011-05-24)
States should be allowed to implement key health reform law provisions early, experts say
More than eight of 10 leaders in health and health care policy (82 percent) believe states should be allowed to implement key provisions of the Affordable Care Act early with full federal support, ahead of the timeline outlined in the law. (2011-05-23)
Tort reform reduces lawsuit risk; establishes framework for quality improvements
According to the authors of a study published in the April issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, implementation of comprehensive tort reform has been associated with a nearly 80 percent decrease in the prevalence of surgical malpractice lawsuits at one academic medical center. (2011-05-23)
A national survey: The value of otolaryngologists' services in America
In recent years reimbursement for surgical services has declined, failing to keep up with inflation and economic growth. (2011-04-01)
Acupuncture for pain no better than placebo and not without harm
Although acupuncture is commonly used for pain control, doubts about its effectiveness and safety remain. (2011-03-23)
Famed neurosurgeon's century-old notes reveal 'modern' style admission of medical error
The current focus on medical errors isn't quite as new as it seems. (2011-02-21)
Showing empathy to patients can improve care
Showing clinical empathy to patients can improve their satisfaction of care, motivate them to stick to their treatment plans and lower malpractice complaints, found a study published in CMAJ. (2011-01-24)
AIUM unveils original features at 2011 convention
Registration is open for the 2011 AIUM Annual Convention and Preconvention Program, the only medical imaging conference in the United States dedicated to all disciplines of medical ultrasound, to be held April 14-17, 2011, in New York, N.Y. (2011-01-13)
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