Kirchs most misleading claim is that Ohio courts are full of frivolous, baseless medical malpractice cases. He left out that in order to bring medical malpractice lawsuit in Ohio, the patient must first get permission from a physician. Under Ohio law, one cannot file a lawsuit against a doctor without first securing an affidavit, executed under oath, by a qualified physician, stating that each doctor named in the lawsuit was negligent and caused the patients injury. Without this affidavit, the lawsuit cannot be filed. The precipitous drop in lawsuits also disproves the idea that medical malpractice litigation has run amok in Ohio. The Ohio Supreme Courts 2012 Statistical Report shows a staggering decrease in medical negligence claims compared to ten years ago. The number of professional malpractice cases filed (against attorneys, doctors and other professionals) dropped from 2,683 in 2003 to 1,242 in 2012 (down 54 percent). There are no other statistics to suggest medical malpractice litigation has run amok. Medical malpractice lawsuits are rare in part due to Ohio laws favoring physicians. In addition to the affidavit requirement mentioned above, Ohios one-year statute of limitations keeps many cases out of court. No state in the union has a shorter period of time for patients to bring medical negligence claims. In many instances of medical malpractice, one year is not enough time for injured patients or their families to retain counsel, evaluate the case, and obtain permission to sue from a physician. After the one year expires, the courthouse doors are shut forever to that injured patient. Dr. Kirsch also complains about the number of doctors named in some malpractice cases. But because in most cases Ohio law prevents a physician from being added to a case later on, all potentially negligent physicians must be named up front.
Physician takes top spot at St. Vincent’s
HHS first put a notice in the federal register saying that it would respond to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests on this data as appropriate. Not all requests will be filled, but the public may soon have greater access to these data. The government had previously been barred from responding to such requests, however that injunction was lifted last May. Now as the debate over health care payouts unfolds against the backdrop of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), this data could shape those conversations. CMS has a blog post up detailing how it plans to handle the requests and what interested readers can expect from the data release. Going forward, CMS will evaluate requests for individual physician payment information (or requests for information that combined with other publicly available information could be used to determine total Medicare payments to a physician) on a case-by-case basis. The new policy released today will take effect 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. In addition, CMS will generate and make available aggregate data sets regarding Medicare physician services for public consumption, the blog post reads. The agency said that the release made sense for both transparency purposes and healthcare providers which are now looking for ways to collaborate on new health cost and payment requirements. Last week, CivSource reported on a move by the state of Maryland to modernize its physician payment models state officials there hope that work will serve as a national template. CMS backed the Maryland plan, and was present during an announcement made by the Governor and local officials.
CMS to Open Up Medicare Physician Payment Data
Vincent’s Amanda Cuda View: Larger | Hide Dr. Stuart Marcus, currently president of St. Vincent’s Medical Center, has been named president and CEO of St. Vincent’s Health Services, which includes the hospital, behavioral health and other services. Dr. Marcus, a specialist in gastrointestinal cancer surgery, is the first physician to hold the job. Photo: Autumn Driscoll | Buy This Photo Dr. Stuart Marcus, currently president of St. Vincent’s Medical… Dr. Stuart Marcus, currently president of St.