Rogue Physicians’ Impact on Medical Malpractice Claims

From Claims Journal:

Medical malpractice claims related to the conduct of rogue physicians are on the rise.

“It seems to be a growing problem,” according to Linda E. Jones, executive vice president at RCM&D Healthcare, a Baltimore-based insurance consultant.

“We do hear more and more issues of physicians [involving] illegal or unethical activity,” said Jones, who is also chief operating officer at SISCO, a subsidiary of RCM&D and a third party administrator that provides claims services to healthcare organizations.

Mandatory Retirement Age for Emergency Physicians

From the Annals of Emergency Medicine, via ACOEP:

“I personally feel that [a mandatory retirement age] is something we should be looking at,” Pinakiewicz said. At least, she added, there should be some assessment of a physician’s skill by someone other than the physician himself.

“You hear stories of physicians who are well thought of for their clinical skill, who begin a decline due to inevitable aging, and there is no structured way for anyone to deal with that, so that it falls to a brave colleague to try to convince them,” she said. “It is inconceivable to me that in an industry like ours, where the stakes are everything, we do not have any check and balance on this issue.”

A small but consistent body of literature confirms the intuitive assumption that physicians’ skills decay as they age.