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Medical liability costs hit Medical Directors. (News Notes).

The American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) 2002 survey of its members found that more than 433 nursing home medical directors have had to stop working in facilities because they lost their liability coverage. Also, more than 1,450 nursing home physicians responsible for 168,000 residents are reducing resident care hours, not providing certain services, or are referring more complex cases in reaction to medical liability concerns. Many of these physicians report facing annual premium increases averaging 154%, and 5.6% of medical directors say they are unable to get medical malpractice coverage at all because they work in nursing homes.

"The [AMDA] is closely monitoring the medical liability crisis because of its unfortunate impact on long-term care patients," said AMDA President Jacob Dimant, MD, CMD, reacting to President Bush's State of the Union call for liability tort reform. "We are seriously concerned that many frail, elderly Americans are losing access to vitally important long-term care services due to the unavailability of medical liability insurance for our members. As nursing home physicians lose their malpractice coverage, they are being forced out of long term care, leaving their patients with fewer options for quality healthcare."
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Title Annotation:American Medical Directors Association
Author:Edwards, Douglas J.
Publication:Nursing Homes
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2003
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