Saturday, June 21, 2014

Patient Safety in the News - June 2014

Tim Darragh reported that there are 43% fewer medical malpractice cases being filed in Pennsylvania today than there were ten years ago. The article attributes the decrease two new rules which require (a) medical malpractice cases to be filed in the county where the malpractice took place and (b) the filing of an affidavit of merit at the outset of a case.

Dennis Slattery, for the Daily News, wrote about the New York Judiciary’s adoption of a program formerly run by Judge Douglas McKeon in the Bronx which seeks to reach early settlements in meritorious medical malpractice cases filed against municipal hospitals.  The program has resulted in decreased litigation costs and safer care because hospitals have implemented safety programs to learn from the mistakes.

Steven Reinberg, for CBS News, wrote about the rise in the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus. The virus has still not been contracted in the United States, but it is predicted that it could arrive this summer. The virus causes high fevers, joint pain and swelling, headaches and a rash. In rare instances it is fatal.

Andrew Pollack, for the New York Times, reported on how health insurance plans are lowering drug costs by requiring pharmaceutical companies to choose between discounting their drugs or not being covered.