About The Study: In this study of paid medical malpractice claims for all U.S. physicians at the time of the study, a single prior paid claim was associated with substantial, long-lived higher future claim risk, independent of whether a physician was practicing in a high- or low-risk specialty, or whether a state publicly disclosed paid claims. Timely, noncoercive intervention, including education, has the potential to reduce future claims.
Authors: David A. Hyman, J.D., M.D., of the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., is the corresponding author.
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