MPLA: Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act Would Offer Protections for Medical Volunteers and Preserve Patient Access to Care

October 7, 2021 by matray

Editor’s Note: The Medical Professional Liability Association (MPL Association) president and CEO Brian K. Atchinson issued the following statement about the Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act of 2021 (S. 2941/H.R. 5239) that was introduced by Senators Bill Cassidy, MD, and Angus King as well as Representatives Raul Ruiz, MD, and… Continue reading...

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Sens. Cassidy, King Reintroduce Bill to Protect Disaster Relief Health Professional Volunteers

October 7, 2021 by matray

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, MD, and Angus King reintroduced the Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act to provide medical professionals with a limited, but consistent, level of legal protection while volunteering during federally-declared disasters. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Marsha Blackburn, Roger Wicker, John Boozman, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Jeanne Shaheen and Joe Manchin co-sponsored… Continue reading...

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Healthcare Errors Most Likely to Lead to A Medical Malpractice Claim

August 19, 2020 by matray

Misdiagnosis and Delayed Diagnosis. According to a 2018 report by the medical professional liability insurance company Coverys, Diagnostic Accuracy: Room for Improvement, diagnosis-related failures are the single largest root cause of medical malpractice claims and result in indemnity payments higher than the next five highest categories combined. More than half… Continue reading...

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Wisconsin Injured Patients & Families Compensation Fund Waives Premiums for Next Fiscal Year

June 17, 2020 by matray

The Board of Governors for the Wisconsin Injured Patients & Families Compensation Fund today voted to waive premiums for the next fiscal year for the healthcare professionals and providers enrolled in the fund. The premium holiday was originally requested by the Wisconsin Medical Society and endorsed by the Fund’s Actuarial… Continue reading...

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Senator Pushes Liability Shield for Coronavirus Doctors

April 2, 2020 by matray

U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, introduced the Facilitating Innovation to Fight Coronavirus Act. The emergency legislation would limit liability for healthcare professionals who are fighting coronavirus. “In ERs and ICUs across America, doctors and nurses are writing the playbook as they fight this virus… Continue reading...

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Wisconsin Gov. Evers, Insurance Commissioner Ask Malpractice Insurers to Cover Telemedicine, Out-of-State Providers

April 2, 2020 by matray

At the direction of Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, Insurance Commissioner Mark Afable issued a request to medical malpractice insurers aimed at expanding access to telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic and at ensuring retired and out-of-state health care workers can get the medical malpractice coverage in order to support the state's… Continue reading...

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Medical Liability Monitor’s 2019 Annual Rate Survey Indicates a Medical Professional Liability (Medical Malpractice) Insurance Market Firming, But Are We Headed for a Real Hard Market?

October 2, 2019 by matray

According to just-released data from the 2019 Medical Liability Monitor Annual Rate Survey, for the first time since 2006, more than 25 percent of medical professional liability (MPL) premium rates increased, while for a second consecutive year, only 5 percent of rates decreased. These firming rates indicate a turn from… Continue reading...

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AMA Inaugurates Recognition Program in Fight Against Physician Burnout

September 24, 2019 by matray

The American Medical Association (AMA) recognized 22 healthcare organizations as the first recipients of the inaugural Joy in Medicine Recognition. The new distinction offered by the AMA recognizes healthcare organizations that have committed to efforts that improve physician satisfaction and reduce burnout. “It is a great honor to recognize the outstanding… Continue reading...

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July 1, 2019 by matray

AMA Abortion Lawsuit Puts Doctors In The Thick Of Debate Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News The American Medical Association is suing North Dakota to block two abortion-related laws, the latest signal the doctors’ group is shifting to a more aggressive stance as the Trump administration and state conservatives ratchet up… Continue reading...

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MIEC to Host ‘Summit for Insurance Defense’ on June 20

June 12, 2019 by matray

MIEC announced its inaugural MIEC Summit for Insurance Defense will take place in Boise, Idaho, on June 20, 2019. The Summit for Insurance Defense is a new annual regional seminar series. Each year it will be hosted in one of MIEC’s territories. The goal of this seminar series is to… Continue reading...

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