AMA-brokered deal poised to cover residents affected by Hahnemann closure

A settlement reached with the owners of now-closed Hahnemann University Hospital would—if approved by a federal bankruptcy judge—pay for the long-tail medical liability insurance coverage for more than 1,400 residents, fellows and alumni of the hospital’s training programs. The AMA is underwriting legal representation of the orphaned residents and fellows in the case.

The settlement, filed in Chapter 11 proceedings in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, would also provide the legally required coverage for the 100 attending physicians who lost their jobs when Hahnemann closed in the summer of 2019. Legal representation on behalf of displaced residents and fellows in the case is being conducted by Jeremy Ryan and the firm of Potter Anderson & Corroon, whose work is being underwritten by the AMA. Premiums for this long-tail coverage can run into the tens of thousands of dollars per physician.

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New JAMA Network site offers daily insights on hot health care issues

With voting for the 2020 presidential race officially underway, health care will again take center stage in the political and policy discussion. To meet the need for “high-quality content to inform the debate about the future of health care in the United States and globally,” JAMA Network™ has launched JAMA Health Forum™, a new way “to assemble and highlight health policy content from the JAMA Network with interpretive commentary and analysis.”

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Why physicians’ use of digital health is on the rise

Physician use of technology to provide televisits or virtual visits has doubled since 2016, with nearly 30% of doctors adopting the digital health technology, according to an AMA survey of 1,300 physicians.

The survey found that rising shares of physicians are using many digital health tools to enable:

  • Consumer access to clinical data—58%.
  • Point of care or workflow enhancements—47%.
  • Clinical decision support—37%.
  • Patient engagement—33%.
  • Remote monitoring and management for improved care—22%.
  • Remote monitoring for efficiency—16%.

Nearly 90% of doctors see at least some advantage in digital health tools, and more doctors are likely to see a definite plus to using them. That’s more likely to be the case among primary care physicians, 40% of whom see the sure upside in these digital health tools, compared with 33% of specialists—a change from the 2016 results.

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