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Defensive Medicine In the News

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April 20, 2017
April 20, 2017
William Hoston discovered in 2007 he never had the terminal cancer diagnosed the year before by his oncologist, and didn't need the surgical...
April 19, 2017
This story highlights the problems of practicing what is termed 'defensive medicine' - trying to protect yourself from a lawsuit by aggressi...
July 15, 2016
The national survey included U.S. physicians from a wide variety of practice and specialty backgrounds.
July 15, 2016
Defensive Medicine is a phenomenon where doctors spend extra money and resources conducting tests and procedures for patients in hopes of re...
July 14, 2016
Medicine enters into just about every segment of our lives. And in our capitalistic culture, there are always those industries with the capa...
July 13, 2016
For decades, when something went wrong in a healthcare facility, clinicians were advised to avoid reaching out, expressing condolences or ap...
April 06, 2016
A belief in the myth of the boundless capacity of medical science has given rise to an expectation - a demand, even - of perfection and an i...
April 06, 2016
We wanted a new approach to medical malpractice reform. Efforts to reform our medical malpractice system have been attempted in the past wit...
April 06, 2016
In the area of medical malpractice, the insurance industry has claimed that doctors' fear of getting sued led them to practice defensive med...
April 06, 2016
Only 13% of costs incurred by hospitals can be linked to the overuse of tests, procedures, and hospitalizations owing to fear of malpractice...
April 06, 2016
In hospital-rich New York and New Jersey, a recent article suggested that highly trained specialists trying to find a solution to every prob...
April 06, 2016
In a study conducted by Studdert, et al. in Pennsylvania among 800 physicians to determine the prevalence of defensive medicine revealed tha...
April 06, 2016
Several reasons in addition to those results lead us to believe that the tort system exerts a deterrent effect.
February 18, 2016
Several hospitals around the country have adopted the so-called communication and resolution approach to unexpected patient harm.
February 18, 2016
We provide evidence that physicians 'do more' for Medicare patients after adoption of damage caps, but we do not study what physicians do di...
February 18, 2016
As health care reform evolves from volume-based to value-based purchasing and the development of accountable care organizations, strategic e...
February 18, 2016
A 2011 analysis by the American Medical Association found that the average amount to defend a lawsuit in 2010 was $47,158, compared with $28...
February 18, 2016
Senate Bill 141 replaces what has been a tort system with an administrative process.
February 18, 2016
Being able to accurately report preventable errors and waste in the closed culture of the healthcare industry is obviously a difficult chall...
February 18, 2016
Charting isn't about making sure the staff following you have clear, up-to-date information about patients. It's now about assuming your int...
February 18, 2016
According to the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, 30 percent of Medicare spending goes to care that is unnecessa...
February 18, 2016
A consumer advocacy group opposed to capping malpractice damages is saying that tort reform won't help reduce health spending because estima...
February 18, 2016
Defensive medicine occurs when physicians alter clinical decision making because of the threat of medical liability. This change in behavior...
January 26, 2016
Under the stress of an emergency medical visit, you might feel pressured to concede to everything the doctor suggests; or you might be i so ...
January 26, 2016
It would be powerful if we could layer lifestyle and other factors on top of our scientific knowledge to really get health care right.
January 26, 2016
Patients and physicians need to make a decision whether to be a part of this system. And as the foundation of our heath care system, both ne...
January 26, 2016
The research team asked hospitalists to predict how often their colleagues would order tests to syncope and preoperative evaluation. The sur...
January 26, 2016
Defensive medicine is prevalent among US neurosurgeons due to the high risk of malpractice claims. This study provides national estimates of...
February 24, 2015
Your doctor is likely ordering more tests, additional procedures and longer hospital stays, subjecting you and fellow patients to unnecessar...
September 22, 2014
Sarah Hitchcock-Glover wants to know more about what events led to this emptiness swallowing her life. She wants to ask questions and be met...
September 23, 2013
Dr. Alan L. Adrian, president of the Rhode Island Medical Society, dispels the myth that physicians profit from defensive medicine.
September 11, 2013
More than 75 percent of physicians—and virtually all physicians in high-risk specialties such as obstetrics and gynecology and neurosurgery—...
June 17, 2013
March 12, 2013
Doctors make mistakes. There are misdiagnoses and inappropriate treatments in 15% of patient illnesses, which results in almost 100,000 deat...
March 12, 2013
Since 1981, the number of CT scans ordered each year by doctors in the U.S. has increased from 3 million to 70 million, thanks in large part...
August 21, 2012
Doctors practice defensive medicine out of fear of being sued, and patients are paying the price - with their life, in some cases. Consider ...
August 08, 2012
Defensive medicine practices may contribute to the staggering number of medical mistakes in the United States, according to Dr. Sanjay Gupta...
August 02, 2012
Defensive medicine has become the standard of care, thanks to trial lawyers who have blurred the lines between malpractice and "mal-occurren...
July 31, 2012
Dr. H. Gilbert Welch, from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and Author of "Overdiagnosed," says modern medic...
July 19, 2012
A majority of neurosurgeons engage in defensive medicine practices, according to a national survey of more than 1,000 members of the Americ...
June 29, 2012
Defensive medicine amounts to medical waste, but the waste won't end until "real change" takes place, according to a recent Medical Practice...
June 25, 2012
The vast majority of physicians practice defensive medicine, and a recent Gallup poll shows that about 1 in 4 dollars spent in health care c...
May 08, 2012
Efforts to lower health care costs in the United States have focused at times on demands to reform the medical malpractice system, with some...
May 05, 2012
Healthcare providers paid a record $31 billion in medical malpractice premiums in 2011, according to a new study released Tuesday by Patient...
April 18, 2012
The recent Choose Wisely recommendations of a foundation connected to the American Board of Internal Medicine along with Consumer Reports an...
April 18, 2012
In an annual industry survey conducted by HealthLeaders Media, 58% of physician leaders admitted to ordering a test or procedure for primari...
April 18, 2012
In an effort to contribute to the solution of rising health care costs associated with defensive medicine practices, nine physician specialt...
April 11, 2012
A 2005 National Academy of Sciences report showed that 30 percent of U.S. health-care spending was unnecessary or wasteful, at a cost of up ...
April 11, 2012
A new whitepaper from the Center for Progressive Reform entitled "The Truth About Torts: Defensive Medicine and the Unsupported Case for Med...
March 21, 2012
A controversial Utah Supreme Court ruling in favor of third-party rights to sue health care providers could increase the practice of defensi...
March 05, 2012
Nine out of 10 physicians responding to a recent survey said they wouldn't recommend health care as a profession. The survey was conducted b...
March 05, 2012
The American College of Physicians (ACP), is planning to develop guidelines to improve medical efficiency by helping doctors better identify...
February 28, 2012
Medical students are being taught to factor medical liability into patient-care decisions, a new survey shows. The study, published in the F...
February 19, 2012
Patients for Fair Compensation's plan for revamping the U.S. medical malpractice litigation system, according to a summary by tokenhealth.co...
January 31, 2012
Oregon Senate republicans say they'll fight Gov. John Kitzhaber's proposed overhaul of the Oregon Health Plan unless it includes medical mal...
January 31, 2012
After a painful 7-year legal battle that ended with a verdict in his favor, Dr. William G. Wilkoff describes himself as a malpractice suit ...
January 18, 2012
The recent poll commissioned by Patients For Fair Compensation, which shows that 88% of Florida physicians surveyed practice some form of de...
January 18, 2012
The Florida Medical Association and the Florida College of Emergency Physicians are pushing the state's lawmakers to grant sovereign immunit...
January 18, 2012
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick included medical malpractice reforms in a sweeping payment reform bill he filed in February 2010, which cur...
January 18, 2012
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska says millions of dollars are being saved through a new program that discourages unnecessary CT scans, MRI...
January 04, 2012
As the Oregon Health Authority takes on the matter of health reform in the state - its "map for overhaul" goes to the Legislature for approv...
January 04, 2012
A new poll conducted on behalf of the non-profit advocacy group Patients for Fair Compensation showed that 88% of physician respondents prac...
January 04, 2012
The Health Wagon, a free mobile clinic service in Stratton, Va., serves rural residents who might otherwise not have access to healthcare, a...
January 04, 2012
Doctors, like patients, have mixed reactions to the Affordable Care Act, according to a new report from the Deloitte Center for Health Solut...
December 14, 2011
The increased use of diagnostic tests, which often are medically unnecessary, is often attributed to defensive medicine, but in an ironic tw...
December 14, 2011
Arizona State Rep. Jack Harper has introduced legislation for the 2012 session of the Arizona Legislature that would lift a ban on liability...
December 06, 2011
A new judge-directed negotiation program pioneered by a Bronx judge to speed up the resolution of medical malpractice cases is getting a gre...
December 06, 2011
A number of legislative efforts in Wisconsin are aimed at restoring a sense of confidence among medical professionals practicing there, Stat...
December 06, 2011
Emergency physicians' decisions regarding patients with possible cardiac conditions may be based more on liability concerns than on medical ...
December 06, 2011
A proposed approach to dealing with the problem of defensive medicine by Patients for Fair Compensation via a "Patients' Compensation System...
December 06, 2011
The Empowering Patients First Act, introduced by Rep. Tom Price (R-GA 6th District) as an alternative to the Patient Protection and Affordab...
December 05, 2011
s the U.S. Senate prepares to consider the Republicans' Jobs Through Growth Act, which contains a section aimed at reforming medical malprac...
December 05, 2011
Fixing Florida's medical liability tort system - a broken system that fractures the doctor-patient relationship - requires consideration of ...
December 01, 2011
Patients for Fair Compensation, a new not-for-profit advocacy group, has launched a campaign to educate citizens and policymakers about the ...
November 30, 2011
In "Defensive Medicine," the first health policy poetry to appear on the Health Affairs Blog, Adam Possner, a general internist and assistan...
November 30, 2011
A study from the James Madison Institute and Patients for Fair Compensation entitled "Alternative Solutions to Florida's Medical Malpractice...
November 30, 2011
Unnecessary and inappropriate care - including that associated with defensive medicine practices - accounts for an estimated 20% of healthca...
November 30, 2011
Regardless of the U.S. Supreme Court's expected 2012 ruling on the challenge to the health care reform law, legislation that focuses on a "...
November 30, 2011
A number of sports medicine specialists are taking a stand against what they consider to be "vast overuse" of magnetic resonance imaging in ...
November 02, 2011
The Texas Medical Association and other advocates of Texas tort reforms are disputing an October report by Public Citizen that says the meas...
November 02, 2011
Arguments in favor of medical malpractice award caps often focus on the affordability of healthcare, but there are other considerations, acc...
October 24, 2011
A study conducted by researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and published in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows ...
October 24, 2011
Emergency department visits reached a new high of more than 136 million in 2009 - up nearly 10%, compared with 2008, according to preliminar...
October 19, 2011
The Tennessee Civil Justice Act of 2011, which went into effect Oct. 1, caps non-economic and punitive damages in certain lawsuits, includin...
October 05, 2011
Findings of a recent survey published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showing that 42 percent of doctors believe their own patients rec...
October 05, 2011
More than a quarter of 627 family practice and internal medicine physicians who participated in a recent survey said they personally were pr...
September 29, 2011
Defensive medicine costs make up between 26% and 34% of the $2.5 trillion spent annually on health care in the U.S., or between $650 billion...
September 29, 2011
William Sage, a blogger with both a medical degree and law degree, has extensive experience in the area of medical malpractice policy, and i...
September 29, 2011
Although Massachusetts is considering medical malpractice reforms in an effort to rein in health care costs, a new report by the Pioneer Ins...
September 22, 2011
The debate regarding the merits - and constitutionality – of states’ malpractice caps continues. In Nebraska, one family is fighting back a...
September 22, 2011
Some have argued to the contrary, but at least one analyst says malpractice reform in Texas has worked. Ryan Brannan, a policy analyst for t...
September 22, 2011
Physicians must be part of the solution when it comes to reining in health care costs, and that means the training of residents should inclu...
September 22, 2011
Employers are increasingly enlisting the help of employees in driving down health care costs by creating incentives for price-shopping. A re...
September 22, 2011
The prevailing wisdom is that defensive medicine is a crisis of sorts in our health care system, contributing billions of dollars in costs t...
September 13, 2011
Indiana’s efforts on tort reform – the state has limited malpractice lawsuits alleging negligence to $1.25 million, and has capped the amoun...
September 13, 2011
Scotland is considering reforming its compensation system with respect to claims against the NHS. It is currently looking at no fault system...
September 13, 2011
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that most doctors – particularly those specializing in high-risk procedures –...
September 09, 2011
A 2010 Gallup Poll found that $650 billion per year, or about 26% of overall health care costs, may be caused by defensive medicine, but imp...
September 09, 2011
Does the $1 million cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases enacted by Florida in 2003 violate the state’s constitution? Th...
September 09, 2011
An analysis of malpractice data from a large professional liability insurer shows that over the course of a career, the odds of a claim are ...
September 01, 2011
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to reconsider a case involving the Feres Doctrine, which effectively bars active-duty military personnel ...
August 31, 2011
Defensive medicine is a reflection of the “risk society” we live in, and in obstetrics defensive medicine reflects an obsession with “the pe...
August 31, 2011
About 1 in 3 births (34%) in 2009 in the U.S. was a C-section, compared with just 5% in 1970. In Pennsylvania, the rate was 32%, but in Buck...
August 31, 2011
Study after study, including recent findings from Jackson Healthcare surveys, pinpoints fear of merit-less malpractice lawsuits as the drivi...
August 31, 2011
Jackson Healthcare surveys have shed light on the stark contrasts between the U.S. and other countries in regard to the practice of defensiv...
August 31, 2011
The conventional wisdom about medical malpractice cases is that: 1.) Juries are not objective, don’t understand the evidence, and tend to sy...
August 31, 2011
The ability to say sorry when things go wrong is key to any relationship, including that between patient and doctor. But in America, fear th...
August 31, 2011
There are consequences both for patients and for physicians when it comes to ordering tests. For patients tests can mean excessive costs and...
August 31, 2011
A bill introduced to Congress by Rep. Tom Price (R-Georgia), an orthopedic surgeon, seeks to provide legal protections to healthcare provide...
August 31, 2011
At least one reader of the State Journal-Register in Springfield, IL, is “sick and tired of the poltroons in Washington trying to abate medi...
August 31, 2011
A survey of orthopedic surgeons in Pennsylvania shows that about a third of imaging tests are ordered to protect the physician from lawsuits...
August 21, 2011
Fierce Practice Management reports on Jackson Healthcare’s latest surveys, as well as Rep. Tom Price’s bill which will affect how some docto...
July 15, 2011
According to the authors of a June 23, 2011 commentary in Forbes, “an entirely new industry has cropped in recent years as trial lawyers set...
June 24, 2011
Journal of Legal Medicine: According to the abstract, this article explores the impact of culture on medical malpractice law and litigation....
June 17, 2011
In this Time Magazine piece, Dr. Jesse M. Pines and Dr. Zachary F. Meisel explore reasons driving the rise in advanced diagnostic testing, i...
June 16, 2011
An overview of the various estimates of defensive medicine costs.
June 16, 2011
Authors Michelle M. Mello, Amitabh Chandra, Atul A. Gawande and David M. Studdert identify the various components of liability system costs,...
June 16, 2011
This article cites defensive medicine as a factor in the increasing C-section rate.
June 16, 2011
Nearly a year and a half after the Illinois Supreme Court overturned the state’s five-year-old medical malpractice law, physicians in Illino...
June 16, 2011
Dr. Darrell White argues that medical malpractice tort system in the U.S. is a zero sum gain.
June 16, 2011
A new survey by Atlanta-based staffing and technology company, Jackson Healthcare, reports that, at most, 6.2 percent of physicians’ total c...
May 27, 2011
Article in Courier-Journal.com explores the rising number of CT scans children are facing. Defensive medicine suggested as a possible cause...
May 27, 2011
According to surveys by Jackson Healthcare and Gallup, physicians estimate that defensive medicine practices cost the U.S. between $650 – $8...
May 27, 2011
March 30, 2011
The cost of defending a medical malpractice lawsuit continues to climb, as does the cost of liability insurance premiums for some specialtie...
January 18, 2011
In a September 23, 2009 essay, New York Times writer, David Leonhardt, lays out the complexities of the medical malpractice debate from both...
September 23, 2009