The Foundation's IMPACS Program - Improving Malpractice Prevention and Compensation Systems - was designed for states, health care organizations, and researchers for the development, demonstration, and evaluation of innovative mechanisms for compensating persons injured by medical care.This particular project will investigate the impact of National Practitioner Data Bank reporting requirements on the medical malpractice claims resolution process. Using two state databases of closed claims, as well as claims file data from malpractice insurance carriers, the investigators will explore two hypotheses related to the medical malpractice claims resolution process: (1) physicians may be unwilling to settle cases that, prior to the enactment of the Data Bank, would have been settled to avoid further litigation costs; and (2) hospitals and other corporate defendants (such as medical groups) are settling cases with plaintiffs on the condition that one or more of the physicians named in the suit be dropped as co-defendants.
Amount Awarded $322,111.00
Awarded on: 12/18/1997
Time frame: 1/1/1998 - 12/31/1999
Grant Number: 33494