Providers have been concerned that quality metrics, such as those mandated by the Affordable Care Act, pose unintended legal risks for health-care practitioners.
The judgment, awarded by a jury against Children's Hospital Colorado is believed to be the biggest malpractice verdict in Colorado's history.
The state's Medical Mediation Panels also saw a significant drop. Only 118 complaints were filed last year, the lowest in the history of the panels.
A clinician is sued despite catching an overprescribed medication in a patient's admission orders.
One clinician misdiagnoses an adverse effect of a drug prescribed by another.
A patient was referred for a mammogram, but clinicians fail to follow up on the report.
Informed consent becomes muddled during an emergency to check for spinal injury.
A young man dies when an emergent condition is mistaken for a nonemergent one.
Clinicians missed several opportunities to advocate for their patient, leading to the loss of a leg.
A visual check of a student was deemed an "unreasonable search" under the Fourth Amendment.