The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has released a practice bulletin to help providers use scientific evidence to guide women with coexisting medical conditions in making the most effective choices.
Internists more likely to be sued for high-severity injuries than doctors in other specialties, according a study of 1,180 claims against internal medicine physicians insured by The Doctors Company, the nation’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer, based in Napa, CA.
A report calling medical errors the third leading cause of death has serious flaws that make that conclusion invalid, according to a physician. He says the report contributes to an irrational hysteria over medical errors.
Courts typically see confidentiality issues arise in the context of discovery disputes in medical malpractice cases, says Karen Owens, JD, an attorney with the law firm of Coppersmith Brockelman in Phoenix. Naturally, plaintiffs’ counsel would like nothing better than to get into the peer review files they think will prove their case, so they will look hard for ways to squeeze past the statutory protections, she says.
Report recommends total systems approach and culture of safety
January 20, 2016
Fifteen years after the Institute of Medicine brought public attention to the issue of medical errors and adverse events, patient safety concerns remain a serious public health issue that must be tackled with a more pervasive response, according to a report released recently by the National Patient Safety Foundation in Boston.