The United States Department of Health and Human Services has stated that all medical malpractice claims must be logged on to a national database even if they do not result in litigation and are settled out of court, Modern Healthcare reported on August 13.
Many states have methods of solving medical malpractice cases out of court in order to avoid lengthy trial battles. This statute was approved and signed by former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in order to ensure that these malpractice instances do not go unreported and ignored after settlement. It was directed at the policies of two states in particular–Massachusetts and Oregon.
All cases must be reported to the Health Resources and Services Administration’s National Practitioner Data Bank. This will ensure full disclosure for the public.
If you or a loved on has experienced medical malpractice or negligence, enlist the assistance of an attorney as soon as possible. The attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, in Massachusetts are dedicated to pursuing financial compensation on behalf of our clients from negligent parties. Call our offices today at (617) 426-4488 to learn more.