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Black Doctors Say They Face Discrimination Based on Race

ATLANTA (AP) — Dr. Dare Adewumi was thrilled when he was hired to lead the neurosurgery practice at an Atlanta-area hospital near where he grew up. But he says he quickly faced racial discrimination that ultimately led to his firing …

Malpractice Insurance Premiums Increased 22%, Despite Fewer Claims

The number of malpractice claims filed against hospitals and physicians dropped 14% last year, even as premiums rose 22% on average, according to a report by the American Society for Health Care Risk Management and Aon. An analysis of Aon’s …

London Cleans Up After Flash Flooding Drenches Homes, Subway

LONDON (AP) — Londoners were cleaning up Monday after torrential rain left homes, roads and several subway stations flooded, the second unseasonal inundation in as many weeks. The Met Office weather agency said 41.6 centimeters (16 inches) of rain fell …

France to Boost Cyberdefense After Hospital Malware Attacks

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday unveiled a plan to better arm public facilities and private companies against cybercriminals following ransomware attacks at two hospitals this month and an upsurge of similar cyber assaults in France. The …

Employers Could Mandate a COVID-19 Vaccine, but are Unlikely to Do So

Private U.S. companies have the right under the law to require employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but are unlikely to do so because of the risks of legal and cultural backlash, experts said. Companies are still in the early …

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 …