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Medical error reduction and tort reform through private contractually-based quality medicine societies.
MacCourt D, Bernstein J. Am J Law Med. 2009;35:505-561.
This article discusses the culture of blame in medicine, which keeps errors hidden and leaves injured parties uncompensated. To facilitate recognition of and compensation for harm, the authors recommend a system that includes limited liability, transparency, and arbitration.
Journal Article > Study
Greatest impact of safe harbor rule may be to improve patient safety, not reduce liability claims paid by physicians.
Kachalia A, Little A, Isavoran M, Crider LM, Smith J. Health Aff (Millwood). 2014;33:59-66.
This study found that proposed safe harbor legislation—liability protection for physicians who followed certain guideline recommendations—would have changed the outcome of closed liability claims only 1% of the time. The real benefit of this legislation may be increased clinician adherence to guidelines.