Doctors Face Liability Challenges with Healthcare Reform

Videos Offer Expert Insight Into Affordable Care Act’s Impact on Medical Malpractice Risk

Napa, California—April 21, 2015—As implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) progresses, healthcare delivery is undergoing unprecedented change. And as a result, doctors are facing new liability risks, according to Robert D. Francis, chief operating officer of The Doctors Company. Mr. Francis discusses the impact of the law in the YouTube playlist released today, “Malpractice Lawsuit Trends Under the ACA.”

As the nation’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer, The Doctors Company is in a unique position to share doctors’ insights about the changing healthcare environment. Doctors are facing new liability risks that result from quality data reporting and reimbursement issues, including:

  • The creation of default standards of care that may prevent physicians from making clinical decisions based on judgment.
  • Reimbursement guidelines becoming the new standard of care, potentially increasing lawsuit opportunities by six to eight times.
  • More aggressive Medicare payment denials, leading patients to sue for what they deem unnecessary care or procedures.

In the videos, Mr. Francis also discusses liability risks created by electronic medical records, which are required under the ACA.

“The Doctors Company is committed to helping physicians reduce risk in all practice environments,” Mr. Francis said. “Our national perspective on the evolving healthcare delivery system uniquely positions us to anticipate emerging trends, and we’re proud to provide proactive insight and innovative solutions to address changing liability risks.”

About The Doctors Company
Founded and led by physicians, The Doctors Company ( is relentlessly committed to advancing, protecting, and rewarding the practice of good medicine. The Doctors Company is the nation’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer, with 76,000 members and $4.5 billion in assets, and is rated A by A.M. Best Company and Fitch Ratings.

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