Medical liability reforms are likely to be advanced and challenged in 2016, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).
Providers should ensure they hold proper medical license and have medical liability coverage.
Immunity laws vary by state; liability policies vary coverage outside of regular practice.
Academic health system uses nondisclosure clauses in most malpractice settlement agreements.
Understanding legal issues allows effective use of physician extenders, who can be beneficial in health care.
Key steps should be taken to minimize the potential risk of liability resulting from use of telemedicine.
Significant fluctuations in malpractice payments were noted based on doctors' age, location, workload and practice size.
The number of medical malpractice payments and compensation payment amounts and liability insurances costs have declined.
The adoption of noneconomic damages caps reduces average malpractice payments by 15%.
Malpractice reform may not keep physicians from ordering unnecessary and expensive tests.
The NIH has granted $2 million to study the effects of malpractice risk and financial incentives on cardiac testing.
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