Medical Malpractice News

20Nov, 2014

$200 Million Dollar Settlement along with Reforms in Pennsylvania Malpractice Fight, but State will Keep What it Took

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Last month Governor Tom Corbett’s office announced a settlement to a years long dispute between groups representing doctors and hospitals and the Pennsylvania state government.  In 2008 the Pennsylvania legislature, under then governor Ed Rendell, appropriated $100M from the state’s Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (Mcare) fund to the general fund to balance the state budget.  This in turn led to litigation, which challenged not just the action of the state in this one instance, but the nature of the formula used to calculate the assessments that doctors in the […]
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11Nov, 2014

Voters Reject Proposition 46: No to Random Drug Testing and Raising the Damages Cap

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California voters rejected Proposition 46 on Tuesday by a more than 2 to 1 margin. The ballot initiative, would have raised caps on noneconomic damages in malpractice cases from $250,000 to over $1M, required doctors to submit to random, state mandated drug and alcohol tests, and required doctors to utilize a state run database when prescribing certain types of drugs. The final vote, which came in at 67.1% against and 32.9% for represents a sound rejection of the measure, and while most expected it to fail the margin is striking. […]
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2Nov, 2014

Election Day is Coming Up – What will be the Fate of Proposition 46?

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Proposition 46, what is it? Proposition 46 is an initiative that will be on the ballot in California this coming Tuesday, November 4. The initiative has garnered widespread attention from both critics and proponents. The most outspoken critics have been doctors, malpractice insurers, and others in the healthcare industry, while the most vociferous proponents have been trial lawyers.
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25Aug, 2014

Proposition 46 Making Waves in California and Nationwide

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The nation is watching as money begins to pour into campaigns for, and especially against, a ballot initiative called Proposition 46 which is set to be on the November 4th ballot in California. The initiative would do three things: It would raise the caps on non-economic damages in malpractice cases from $250,000 to $1.1M. It would require doctors to submit to random drug and alcohol testing. It would require doctors to consult a state administered prescription drug database before prescribing certain drugs to first time patients.
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