Malpractice settlements to be reported in Data Bank

The recent decision of the Health and Human Services department in regards to Oregon malpractice law will encourage hospitals nationwide to assess their medical malpractice resolution systems, HealthLeaders Media reported on September 16.

Medical malpractice programs in Oregon and Massachusetts encourage settlements outside of the court between medical professionals and facilities accused and the victims. However, recent complaints about Oregon law spurred action by the HHS, which dictated that payments settled out of court must be reported in full disclosure to the National Practitioner Databank.

The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center spearheaded this approach, according to its senior vice president for health care quality Dr. Kenneth Sands. Other states that have begun to follow suit are New Hampshire and Georgia, where doctors are currently working on a proposal.

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