Medical Malpractice Claims Declining, Says Insurer
Carroll said the most severity prone states continue to be New York, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. "We’re continuing to monitor the impact to claim activity by changes in tort reform, patient safety initiatives, and use of technology to improve quality of care," he said.
While tort reform efforts to reduce malpractice lawsuit threats, such as those suggested in the Affordable Care Act, might have limited impact on reducing costs, other efforts, such as a move away from the fee-for-service system of reimbursement may contribute to further declines, according to a report published in last month's Health Affairs.
Opinion: Malpractice Methodology
John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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