Malpractice

Still fighting $90 million verdict, HCR ManorCare settles a second negligence lawsuit in West Virginia

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Following a $90 million verdict against one HCR ManorCare nursing home in West Virginia, a different company facility in the state recently settled a wrongful death lawsuit under confidential terms. The spotlight shifted the focus from Heartland of Charleston, the facility involved in the $90 million lawsuit, to Heartland of Martinsburg.

IPAB repeal to be tied to malpractice legislation

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House Republicans plan to tie the repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board to medical malpractice legislation when Congress resumes next week.

Fear of lawsuits spurs more costly care, survey, experts find

Fear of lawsuits spurs more costly care, survey, experts find

One of the major factors for rising healthcare costs is that providers are, by their own admission, offering their patients too much care, according to a recent survey.

Federal court: Capping malpractice awards does not violate Constitution

A U.S. appeals court in Florida determined that the state's cap on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases does not violate the U.S. Constitution.

Obama's proposed malpractice reforms would protect providers

Obama's proposed malpractice reforms would protect providers

President Obama is asking the Justice Department for $250 million in grants to help states write and implement new medical malpractice laws to help lower healthcare costs.

CMS proposes physician Medicare payment rate cut in 2010

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Wednesday proposed reducing Medicare payment rates for physicians by 21.5% in calendar year 2010. It also disclosed other physician payment reforms as part of the administration's healthcare reform agenda.