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Better diagnostic test reporting needed to avoid malpractice claims

Failure of physicians and patients to receive diagnostic test results, delays in reporting findings, and lengthy turnaround times for receiving diagnostic test results are among the top reasons researchers identified for the approximate 40% increase in malpractice payments based on diagnosis that occurred between 1996 and 2003.
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Malpractice caps fail to reduce health costs, report indicates

Exorbitant pain and suffering awards have been blamed for high clinician insurance premiums and increases in overall health insurance costs, but a new report shows that capping payments did not solve these problems.
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Undiagnosed cellulitis

A patient is asked to follow up for care but does not, and severe cellulitis develop
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Most health-care providers face malpractice suits

Although medical malpractice lawsuits are common, payments are not — only about 20% of cases analyzed in a recent New England Journal of Medicine study resulted in an indemnity payment.
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Strategies to lower your malpractice risk

First, you must get past common misconceptions. Then you need to follow well-documented methods for avoiding patient disappointment. Few topics preoccupy clinicians as much as the threat of being sued for medical malpractice. Yet pervasive mythology and misinformation cloud perceptions. To avoid facing their day in court, clinicians should understand the current realities of malpractice,…
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Who takes the blame for medical errors?

Mistakes are not always the fault of an individual—sometimes, the system is the problem. An expert takes a hard look at what should be done.
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