Docs spend substantial time with unresolved malpractice cases

01/14/2013 | CardiovascularBusiness.com

The average physician spends more than 10% of his or her career practicing with at least one open medical malpractice claim, according to research in the journal Health Affairs. Neurosurgeons and cardiothoracic surgeons spend the most time with open claims, at 27% and 20%, respectively, with cardiologists coming in just above average at 11%. "[C]laims that did not result in payment accounted for more than 70 percent of the time physicians spend with open claims," the researchers wrote.

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