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Camryn Hansen

Damage Caps are Just Another Big Business Power Grab

The Houston Chronicle published an excellent article on tort reform this week that everyone even remotely interested in the topic needs to read.

Big business interests are making a concerted…

Mike Ferrara

Formerly Sued Doctor-Turned-Congressman Spearheads Medical Malpractice Bill

Rep. Phil Gingrey (R, CA) was an obstetrician for 30 years before being elected to Congress in 2002. Now, he’s taking the lead on a bill that would severely limit payments to patients who have…

Mike Ferrara

Tort Reform is a Disaster for Patients’ Rights (and it Won’t Lower Health Care Costs)

Almost everyone can agree that lower costs are among the most needed reforms in our health care system. Tort reform will not lead to lower costs. The facts show that malpractice suits and premiums…

Mike Ferrara

Hospitals Are Trying, But Patient Safety is Not Improving

According to a six-year study at 10 hospitals in North Carolina recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, medical errors and patient harms are not on the decline despite attempts by…

Mike Ferrara

In the Hospital, Medical Errors Harm 1 out of 7 Medicare Patients

According to a report released earlier this week by the Department of Health and Human Services, one out of every seven hospitalized Medicare patients is harmed by some type of medical…

Mike Ferrara

How Much Do Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Contribute to Health Care Costs?

A lot of opponents to health care reform like to blame the skyrocketing cost of health care on medical malpractice lawsuits. Their reasoning is that if we just limit medical liability and…

Mike Ferrara

New Law Will Make Drug Company Gifts to Doctors Public on the Web

A new federal law will require doctor gifts from drug and medical companies to be published in a freely accessible online database.

The Physician Payments Sunshine Act requires…

Mike Ferrara

Kansas Attorney General: No Grounds to Sue Over Health Care Bill

Kansas Attorney General Steve Six has announced that he can’t and won’t sue the federal government over the recently passed health care bill.

“Based on that…

Camryn Hansen

Health Insurance Mandate Was Originally a Republican Idea

Most health care opponents who violently object to the mandate in the recently passed health care bill that nearly every American must have health insurance or face a tax penalty probably…

Mike Ferrara

Surprise! The Tort Reformers are Hiring Lawyers.

Earlier in the week, Anthony Tarricone, President of the American Association for Justice, published an article in the Huffington Post that makes a great observation. Before the health…