ACOG Recommends Doctors Delay Umbilical Cord Cutting

Since the early 20th century, it’s been standard practice for physicians to clamp and cut the umbilical cord of a newborn baby immediately after the mother has given birth. For many years, doctors believed that cutting the cord quickly reduced the chances of post-birth hemorrhaging in the mother. Now, however, the American College of Obstetricians… Read more »

Study Finds Malpractice “Apology Laws” Are Ineffective

Every state has some form of malpractice legislation on the books, but approaches to medical malpractice laws vary significantly from state to state. On common type of malpractice law is an “apology law” which allows physicians to make expressions of sympathy to patients without fear of legal repercussions. These laws have been adopted by a… Read more »

House Republicans Advance Bill to Cap Malpractice Awards

Recent healthcare headlines might be dominated by the GOP’s proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act, but there’s something else going on in healthcare policymaking as well. On Thursday, March 9, the House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill with a party-line vote that would limit payouts in medical malpractice suits to $250,000 for noneconomic… Read more »

Study Finds Many Family-Reported Errors Go Undocumented

When physicians commit potentially-dangerous medical errors, it’s up to the healthcare facilities that employ them to log detailed incident reports that could prevent similar incidents in the future. These medical errors can be particularly troubling when they affect young patients who are still under the care of a parent or guardian. Perhaps that’s why a… Read more »

Mayo Clinic: 54 Percent of U.S. Doctors Suffer From Burnout

Working in a busy hospital can be quite stressful, and a number of independent studies have found that burnout has taken an increasingly detrimental toll on practicing physicians in recent years. One particular study conducted by the Mayo Clinic in 2015 found that roughly 54 percent of doctors experienced at least one symptom of burnout… Read more »

John Hopkins Will Share Care Guidelines With 750 U.S. Hospitals

According to an article published this week in the Baltimore Sun, the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality was recently awarded a $16 million contract that aims to improve surgical care for patients across the United States. The contracts itself will connect doctors at Johns Hopkins Medicine with 750 other U.S. hospitals… Read more »

Do Strong Malpractice Laws Improve Patient Outcomes?

Malpractice laws are designed to provide patients with a legal recourse in the event that they are harmed by a physician providing substandard care. Proponents of these laws also tend to argue that they improve quality of care by providing physicians with an incentive to do their jobs well. But do strict malpractice laws really… Read more »