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Schiff GD, Puopolo AL, Huben-Kearney A
Primary care closed claims experience of Massachusetts malpractice insurers.
The researchers studied patterns of primary care malpractice types, causes, and outcomes as part of a Massachusetts ambulatory malpractice risk and safety improvement project. During a 5-year period there were 7224 malpractice claims of which 551 (7.7%) were from primary care practices. In Massachusetts, most primary care claims filed were related to alleged misdiagnosis.
Citation: Schiff GD, Puopolo AL, Huben-Kearney A . Primary care closed claims experience of Massachusetts malpractice insurers. JAMA Intern Med 2013 Dec 9-23;173(22):2063-8. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.11070..
Keywords: Primary Care, Medical Errors, Health Insurance, Patient Safety, Medical Liability