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Resolving malpractice claims after tort reform: experience in a self-insured Texas public academic health system.

Sage WM, Harding MC, Thomas EJ. Health services research. 2016;51 Suppl 3:2615-2633.

Medical malpractice claims represent a mechanism to address medical errors. This pre–post study found that malpractice claims for a large university health system declined substantially after a state law was enacted that reduced patients' ability to sue and collect damages following medical errors. Data demonstrated that the university worked to provide compensation to some patients involved in cases that were not viable for litigation. The authors call for limiting nondisclosure agreements following claim settlement in order to enhance transparency.