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Malpractice Claims Frequency Holding Steady While Severity Increases

The frequency of hospital professional liability claims is holding steady, but the cost of those claims is expected to increase by 3% next year, according to an actuarial analysis by Aon and the American Society of Health Care Risk Management. …

Masks, Gowns in Short Supply Leave Hospital Workers Exposed

American health-care workers still face dangerous shortages of personal protective equipment as the uncontrolled spread of Covid-19 fills hospitals across the nation and threatens patients and workers in long-term care facilities. Dayna James, an emergency department nurse in Miami, said …

Doctors on Coronavirus Frontline Seek Protection from Malpractice Suits

U.S. medical professionals on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic are lobbying policymakers for protection from potential malpractice lawsuits as hospitals triage care and physicians take on roles outside their specialties. State chapters of the powerful American Medical Association …

Life-or-Death Hospital Decisions Come With Threat of Lawsuits

Doctors and hospitals overwhelmed in the pandemic will have to make their excruciating life-or-death decisions meticulously or they risk being second-guessed by a jury when the onslaught is over. Lawyers who defend health care providers are already giving advice on …

Hospitals Struggled During Superstorm Sandy

When Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Northeast nearly two years ago, hospitals found themselves dealing with surges in patients, lost power supplies and employees who couldn’t get to work – problems that a new federal report finds they were not …

San Diego County Hospitals Settle Dumping Lawsuits

Two California hospitals will pay about $375,000 to settle lawsuits claiming they illegally dumped blood, needles and other medical waste in a landfill. The San Diego County district attorney’s office on Wednesday announced settlements with Scripps Health and Sharp Memorial …

How Hospitals Benefit from Data-Rich Malpractice Insurers

Hospitals and hospital groups should seek clarity from their malpractice insurers on the loading applied to premiums to account for claims inflation, according to Lloyd’s insurer Beazley. Specialist insurer Beazley is advising that applying an across-the-board annual percentage loading to …

Minnesota Hospitals Warn Patients Laptop Stolen

Hospital officials say thousands of patients at Fairview and North Memorial hospitals may have been exposed to potential identity theft because of a stolen laptop computer. Officials say the laptop contained private data on more than 16,000 patients and was …