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Medical Liability Reform: A Case Study of Mississippi

Behrens, Mark A. JD

doi: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e318226ba47
Current Commentary

Mississippi enacted medical negligence and other tort reform legislation that generally became effective for causes of action filed on or after January 1, 2003, and September 1, 2004. Data regarding lawsuits against physicians insured by the Medical Assurance Company of Mississippi (MACM), the largest medical liability insurer in the state, and MACM-insured Obstetrician–gynecologists (ob–gyns) in particular, were compared by year from 1986 to 2010. The data encompassed the periods before and after the implementation of Mississippi's tort reform legislation. In addition, MACM medical liability premiums were compared by year from 2000 to 2010. Mississippi's tort reform laws were associated with a steep drop in lawsuits against MACM-insured physicians, particularly MACM-insured ob–gyns, as well as medical liability premium reductions and refunds.

Mississippi tort reform laws are associated with a steep drop in lawsuits against physicians, particularly obstetrician- gynecologists, as well as medical liability premium reductions and refunds.

From Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P., Washington, DC.

Corresponding author: Mark A. Behrens, JD, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P., 1155 F Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC, 20004; e-mail: mbehrens@shb.com.

Financial Disclosure Mr. Behrens is Counsel for the American Tort Reform Association.

© 2011 by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.