Malpractice Issues for Ophthalmologists

The past 20 years has seen a dramatic increase in the number of malpractice lawsuits and the amount of money being awarded by juries in these cases. The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health has referred to the resulting impact on physicians as a crisis.2 Physicians, including ophthalmologists, are facing sky-rocking premiums, if not a complete loss of coverage. A General Accounting Office (GAO) report released in August 2003 found that between 1999 and 2002 the largest medical malpractice carrier in Florida increased premium rates for general surgeons in Dade County by 75%.3 The GAO report concluded that insurers’ losses on malpractice claims “appear to be the primary driver of rate increases in the long nm.”

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From the Executive Director

It is with great pleasure that I bring back SEE Notes. I look forward to providing this quarterly newsletter to SEE members electronically and posted to our website. It is my intent to provide articles of interest, membership news, as well as upcoming events for SEE members. I would love your suggestions for content and... Read More

MD Spotlight: Dr. William Wiley posted on OphthalmologyWeb

For Dr. William Wiley, medical director of the Cleveland Eye Clinic and Clear Choice Laser Eye Center in Ohio, cataract surgery is a procedure he routinely performs on humans. Earlier this month, he got the opportunity to change up this routine a bit when he was asked by the Akron Zoo to perform cataract surgery... Read More

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