Like many of you, I’m a football fan. To be precise, a Razorback fan. I think it goes all the way back to being a six year old and remembering my dad carrying me on his shoulders to the 1969 Arkansas vs. Texas game. Dad was working on his doctorate in education at the University while supporting a family with five children. President Nixon’s helicopter landing next to the stadium was the coolest thing I had ever seen. The walk home was not as fun as the walk to the game but my love for the University was set.
Reports by the AMA show that defending against a claim averages more than $47,000, and liability insurance premiums vary widely by state.
Source: American Medical News Editorial 1/23/12
When looking at the medical liability landscape, doctors will see some recent victories fending off tort reform challenges.
California’s $250,000 noneconomic damages cap — long considered the gold standard among state tort reforms — was upheld by an appellate court in September 2011. West Virginia’s cap of the same amount was declared constitutional by the state’s high court in June 2011.
by KRISTOFOR HUSTED
When it comes to a gunshot or stab wound in the stomach, surgeons will almost reflexively open up a patient’s abdomen to look for damage.
But that’s starting to change as doctors rethink how best to manage trauma cases.
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by SARAH VARNEY
To life’s many small irritations, you might add filling prescriptions.
Starting this year, many Americans may be surprised to find that their local Walgreens pharmacy is no longer in their network. That’s because of a contract dispute between the nation’s largest drugstore chain and a company that manages prescriptions for health insurance companies.
To figure out if you’re affected by the fight, look on the back of your insurance card. If it says Express Scripts, you can no longer fill your prescription at Walgreens or its affiliates like Duane Reade under your insurance plan.
LITTLE ROCK, AR–A double-digit rate reduction, the announcement of a new business alliance with Stephens Inc. and a grant to the Arkansas Medical Foundation highlighted the 2011 annual Business Review and CME Meeting of Arkansas Mutual Insurance Company. The meeting was held December 3, 2011 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences I. Dodd Wilson Education Building.