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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.

Our attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, in Massachusetts provide trustworthy legal representation for victims of medical malpractice, and we may be able to help you. Call our offices today at (617) 426-4488 to begin taking action.


Malpractice cases in 2013 tend to have non-surgical causes – report

According to CRICO Strategies 2013 Annual Benchmarking Report titled “Malpractice Risks of Routine Medical Procedures,” which studied 1,497 cases, many malpractice cases were found to have non-surgical causes and were attributed to either errors in rules of practice (policy and protocol) or inadequate knowledge or judgment demonstrated by administrative medical personnel.

The study focused on six primary medical procedures: scopes, injections, punctures, biopsies, insertion of tubes, and imaging. The cases were filed from 2007 to 2011 and resulted in around $215 million in total losses. The study took into account that while most of these medical malpractice cases were minor in nature, around 14% of them resulted in the patient’s death.

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Medical malpractice payments not cause of increase in medical costs

According to a recent report by consumer watchdog Public Citizen, medical malpractice payments and defensive medicine are not the major factors in the increasing cost of healthcare, contrary to most public opinion. The report gleans substantial data from the National Practitioner Data Bank, which compiles adverse actions against healthcare providers, including medical malpractice indemnity payments, licensure actions, and loss of clinical privileges, among others.

The number of medical malpractice payments, plus the value of payments, has been dropping for the past nine consecutive years, reaching its lowest levels since 1990 and 1998, respectively. Medical malpractice litigation costs, which include claimant payments and litigation and administrative insurance costs, comprised only 0.11% (equivalent to merely one tenth of one percent) of total healthcare costs in the United States in 2012.

According to this report and the data it used, no actual evidence truly shows that malpractice costs have any effect on actual healthcare costs.

Serious physical or mental injuries, or in the worst case scenario even death, can result from the negligence of people in the medical profession. If you have been harmed due to surgical errors, misdiagnosis, or other acts of medical malpractice in Massachusetts, don’t hesitate to enlist the help of our lawyers at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, by calling (617) 426-4488.


Health care service reform pushes for quality and transparency

Chapter 224-reform law, which came into effect last year, pushes for the implementation of transparency in medical billings and procedures to give patients more freedom and control regarding the value of the health care services they are being offered. Patients must now be given the cost of an admission or service by health care providers upon request.

Another one of the significant goals of the reform law is to reduce medical malpractice, such as surgical errors, wrong diagnoses, or delayed treatment by enhancing patient-doctor communication and encouraging a clear-cut resolution from medical injuries they have suffered. Health Policy Commission General Counsel Lois H. Johnson said the law is about promoting the best practices in order to improve health care in Massachusetts.

The law will also require health insurance companies to reveal the cost of proposed medical services through a toll-free number by October 1.

As the victim of medical malpractice, you may be suffering a number of undue losses. At Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, our legal team may be able to help you get compensation for these losses. Call (617) 426-4488 to discuss your situation.