Study Links Malpractice Risk and Practice of "Defensive Medicine"
June 25, 2018 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care
In a large-scale study spanning nine states, researchers found that the existence of damage caps is linked to fewer orders for invasive tests and fewer referrals for catheterization or revascularization for coronary artery disease (CAD). These findings are published in the June 6, 2018, edition of JAMA Cardiology. Researchers suggest that the practice of "defensive medicine" lessens in the face of malpractice reforms such as damage caps.