Vermont Lawmakers Seek to Eliminate Insurance Pre-Authorization

Article 0 Comments Vermont legislators are seeking to ban insurance companies or Medicaid from requiring pre-authorization before approving medication-assisted treatment. Democratic Rep. Ann Pugh tells The Times Argus she wants to remove any barriers between someone with a substance use disorder and treatment. The bills in the state House and […]

Latest Edition of AMA Guides Lowers Impairment Ratings in Workers’ Compensation

Article 0 Comments For workers injured at work, the amount of compensation they receive depends on which edition of the medical guidelines on evaluating impairments is used. The American Medical Association (AMA) Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment is used in workers’ compensation systems, federal systems, automobile accidents and […]

Explaining Medical Errors Cut Liability Claims 66%: Georgia State Research

Article 0 Comments Hospital staff and physicians who are willing to explain, apologize for and resolve adverse medical events significantly reduce legal defense and liability costs, according to a study led by Dr. Florence R. LeCraw, an Atlanta anesthesiologist and adjunct professor at Georgia State University. The study, published this […]

American Medical Association Claims CVS-Aetna Merger Will Hike Drug Prices

Article 0 Comments The American Medical Association, which represents U.S. physicians, urged the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to stop CVS Health Corp.’s plan to buy insurance provider Aetna Inc., saying the deal could result in higher prices for prescription medicines. The AMA said that the $69 billion deal, announced […]

For U.S. Doctors, Being Sued Is Common Ailment

Article 3 Comments Getting sued is not an uncommon event for physicians. More than a third of physicians (34 percent) have had a claim filed against them at some point in their careers. Also, according to research from the American Medical Association (AMA), older physicians who have been in practice […]