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Litigation Center

Top Kentucky court strikes down law on medical review panels

Justices said the law unfairly blocks court access. Physicians say the decision makes it tougher to recruit doctors, will increase patient costs.

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Litigation Center

5 medical court cases that mattered in 2018

One thing physicians from Maryland to California had in common this year: The AMA Litigation Center had their backs.

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Medical School Life

Our 10 most popular stories of 2018

Physician burnout. Picking a medical specialty. Making romance work in medical residency. These topics drew your eyes this year. Find out what else did.

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Patient Support & Advocacy

Short-term health plans will bring long-term pain for patients

The AMA and others ask a federal court to stop a rule that allows these health plans to undermine patient protections and sabotage the insurance risk pool.

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Sustainability

State tries to seize $275 million from medical liability fund

Physicians who have trouble finding medical liability insurance coverage may have an even harder time if state officials’ plan to seize the funds of a last-resort insurer is allowed to proceed.

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Public Health

Physicians have immunity for good-faith psychiatric discharges

Learn why Maryland’s top court is protecting psychiatrists from medical liability when they act in good faith—even when outcomes are tragic.

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Population Care

Should abortion rights extend to unaccompanied migrant minors?

All women, including unaccompanied migrant minors, have the right to access abortion in a timely, confidential way, the AMA and other physician organizations tell the court.

Council on Ethical & Judicial Affairs

Medical laws and ethics: What to do when conflicts occur

Physicians have tough decisions to make when medical ethics and law come into conflict. Learn how to properly weigh the two when faced with the dilemma.

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