Wisconsin Tort Reform: Judges now have less discretion in finding frivolousness, imposing sanctions

March 16, 2011 by matray

side note: Right now, Wisconsin is ground zero in the labor rights fight, but the villain Gov. Scott Walker pushed through a tort reform measure during an emergency session he called during his first week in office. Below is a synopsis by the Wisconsin Trial Bar of the tort reform… Continue reading...

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Rand Health Study: Investment in New Healthcare Quality Measures Needed as Cost-Cutting Strategies Grow

March 7, 2011 by matray

side note: With all the cost-cutting that is proposed at both federal and state levels, this is an especially prescient report. As the healthcare industry, employers and government officials seek to control the growth of health spending, new efforts are needed to develop and refine quality-of-care and other performance measures… Continue reading...

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New York Governor Cuomo Working to Reform Medicaid, Medical Malpractice with Caps on Damages

March 1, 2011 by matray

side note: Here's an unusual piece of politics. The Democratic Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, is proposing malpractice damage caps to heal the state's economic woes. With the intention of re-structuring New York’s Medicaid system, Governor Cuomo is urging various changes to how medical malpractice suits are resolved. Primarily,… Continue reading...

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Wisconsin State Government Flips to Republican Control, Tort Reform Takes Center Stage in New Legislative Agenda

February 7, 2011 by matray

side note: Here is the lead story in the February 2011 issue of Medical Liability Monitor. MLM is a must-read for those in the medical professional liability insurance industry. Wisconsin could be the best barometer of a reshaped political landscape following the Nov. 2, 2010, elections—the only state in the… Continue reading...

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Bipartisan Policy Center Launches New Health Project Led by Former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle and Bill Frist

January 25, 2011 by matray

side note: I find this very interesting. In today's partisan political climate, can Sens. Daschle and Frist find common ground to the nation's healthcare ailments? Calling “constructive engagement on health reform vital to our nation’s future,” the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) launched its Health Project on Jan. 18, led by… Continue reading...

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Towers Watson: Tort Costs Drop in 2009, MedMal Trends Remain Mild

January 17, 2011 by matray

side note: If you're looking for a silver lining to the economic downturn, a new report from Towers Watson indicates the economy has had a shrinking effect on our nation's tort costs. A decline in both real and nominal GDP, a rising unemployment rate and decreasing tort activity as a… Continue reading...

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