Medical Malpractice News

15Apr, 2015

Doctors Declare Victory in Fight Over Medicare Reimbursements

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Many in the healthcare community are celebrating today. Yesterday, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to pass the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 (H.R.2), thus staving off a 21% decrease in Medicare reimbursement rates set to take effect today, April 15th. But this bill is different than what we’ve seen in the past, this bill eliminates the formula that causes these crisis moments that in the past have been addressed with short-term extensions. The Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) was introduced in 1997, and has been a source of frustration […]
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21Jan, 2015

White Coat Rally for Tort Reform in Missouri

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In July of 2012 the Missouri State Supreme Court ruled that limits on awards for non-economic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits are unconstitutional.  Prior to that ruling Missouri had a cap in place of $350,000, which had been signed into law by the Missouri legislature and, then Governor, Matt Blunt in 2005.  Experts believe that this cap, along with other malpractice reforms, helped to stabilize the medical professional liability insurance market in Missouri. Additionally, these reforms led a number of companies to move into Missouri who had previously been unwilling […]
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8Dec, 2014

California Damage Caps Not Out of the Woods Yet

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If you thought that the defeat of Proposition 46 in the recent midterm elections signaled stability for California’s longstanding limits on noneconomic damage awards in medical malpractice cases you were wrong. On November 26, at the urging of Consumer Watchdog, the trial lawyer supported non-profit that was instrumental in funding the Proposition 46 campaign, the California Supreme Court announced that it would review the constitutionality of the nearly 40 year old statute that limits non-economic damages in California medical malpractice cases to $250,000. California was the first state to enact […]
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