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Medical Malpractice

NY Hospital Execs Try to Change Medicaid Rules Behind Closed Doors

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Joanne Doroshow

Whatever has been going on behind the closed doors of Governor Andrew Cuomo's Medicaid Redesign Team, loaded with self-dealing lobbyists and hospital ...

A Medical Liability Reform That Will Actually Work

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

H.R. 5 imposes cruel measures on the backs of the innocent and injured. How could so many doctors be sued, when almost no one sues and those who do are not suing frivolously?

State of the Onion--Some Skeptical Observations

Russ Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Baker

Obama and Congress paid tribute to Gabby Giffords, on the mend from the massacre in Tucson -- but Obama said not a word about the explosion of guns into nearly every corner of the land

Corporations and the State of the Union

Robert Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Weissman

The president's SOTU had good broad themes, but there were many sources of concern in the speech as well. In too many cases, there was a disconnect between those positive themes and troubling policy proposals.

It's Time to Call Their Bluff: "Defensive Medicine" Is a Fraud

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

Even when you remove litigation as a factor, the extent of tests and procedures that are ordered do not change. Enacting "tort reform" will continue to fail as a solution to this country's health care problems.

A Formula for Failure

Michael Bendetson | Posted 03.02.2016 | Politics
Michael Bendetson

The Great Recession has exposed a major flaw in the American economy beyond risky derivatives: an intellectual elite that now seeks success at the expense of our society -- instead of through it.

My Doctor Says I'm Not Dead But I Want a Second Opinion

Mark Steinberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

When I was growing up, my family relied upon a stable of health care professionals whose idiosyncrasies remain seared into my memory.

Doctors Don't Need Tort "Reform" -- They Need a Shrink

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

Patients need competent physicians; doctors need medication, psychotherapy, or both; and, politicians need to focus on reducing medical malpractice. This is the only acceptable way to reduce deaths, injuries, claims and lawsuits.

US Health Care Reform, As Seen From the Trenches (Part 2 of a 6 Part Series)

S.I. Adam, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
S.I. Adam, M.D.

Medical-legal reform received only lip-service during the Federal health care legislative process in the spring of 2010 -- drastically disregarded as fundamental contributors to high health care costs.

Wall Street Betting On Malpractice, Divorce Lawsuits

Center For Public Integrity / The New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

By Binyamin Appelbaum and Ben Hallman Binyamin Appelbaum is a reporter with The New York Times; Ben Hallman is a reporter for the Center for Public I...

Here's Really Why Your Insurance Rates Go Up - and Then Don't

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Joanne Doroshow

Please bookmark this post and come back to it in a year or so. I say this because our collective memory, and especially that of mainstream news organ...

Peter Orszag's Truly Bad Medical Malpractice Prescription

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

Today's New York Times carries a column by recently-resigned budget director Peter Orszag, which begins with Orszag complaining that the health insura...

Hospital Errors: Be Wary of the "July Effect"

ABC News | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Findings from a new University of California San Diego study lend credence to what is called the "July effect" -- a long-held suspicion that July is t...

America Wakes Up to the Importance of Liability and the Stupidity of "Caps"

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

Teachable moments can come almost anytime, from anywhere. The recent history of corporate and professional breakdowns and mess-ups should provide a n...

Tort Reform: An Elephant In The Room

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Emerging from under the rocks in the current healthcare debate is the whisper of tort reform. The historic Health Care Reform bill contains a provisio...

Health Care Discussions: Where's My Money Going?

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

Al did his research before his next call. "I read that Americans spend two to six times more on health care per person than other wealthy countries b...

Time to Reform That Other Insurance Industry

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

We all depend on reasonably-priced insurance to function and I'm not talking just about heath insurance. Without affordable property-casualty insuran...

The Wrong Debate

Dr. Dennis Gottfried | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Dennis Gottfried

Suppose, instead of our being primarily concerned with paying for our overpriced, under-performing health care system, we focus on why our system is the way it is.

Medical Malpractice - The Tragic Human Price Tag of "Tort Reform"

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

Lisa Gourley 's son Colin was born with severe brain damage due to a doctor's negligence. But because Nebraska has a Draconian "cap" on compensation (i.e., "tort reform"), her family never received the compensation needed.

Shriram Harid

'Tort Reform' Means Less Accountability For The Medical Profession

HuffingtonPost.com | Shriram Harid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

President Obama is widely expected to toss Republicans a bone at Thursday's health care summit, by publicly embracing what's known as "tort reform." ...

Why Shouldn't Obama Throw Injured Patients Under the Bus To Get Health Reform? Ask Steven Olsen

Jamie Court | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamie Court

Malpractice costs are a fraction of one percent of health care costs. No honest expert believes that limiting the rights of medical malpractice casualties will have any impact on health care costs.

Medical Malpractice Survivors Speak About Against "Tort Reform"

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

Victims of medical malpractice sent a letter to President Obama today, as well as to the Congressional leadership. Here's some of what they said.

Illinois Supreme Court: Malpractice Law Unconstitutional

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Illinois Supreme Court struck down a law Thursday that capped the amount of damages that could be awarded in malpractice lawsuits, saying that it ...

This Week in Horrific Medical Negligence News

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

No offense to my GOP friends and their one big health care idea - i.e., "tort reform" -- but who wants to walk into a hospital these days knowing tha...

Does Malpractice Alter Obstetric Practice?

D. Brad Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
D. Brad Wright

The threat of malpractice liability doesn't appear to have any impact on obstetrics, but it may frighten doctors into delivering fewer babies to reduce their cumulative risk of being sued.