Advocacy Update

Feb. 28, 2020: Judicial Advocacy Update


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.

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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.

The AMA is cautiously optimistic that, with the settlement filing, relief may be just around the corner for those affected by the record-breaking Hahnemann closure. The deal would be a significant victory, not just for these physicians, but for the patients they serve.

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