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Change in three-strikes rule for doctors could aid settlements

The General Assembly has moved to increase the threshold for medical malpractice payments that trigger an automatic physician competency assessment. The legislation also would exempt doctors who no longer have an active practice.

A Virginia statute requires regulators to investigate doctors for three medical malpractice payments in a 10-year period. House Bill 2229 will increase the minimum payment size from $10,000 to  $75,000. It also establishes that retired physicians would not be subject to the assessment.

The change drew praise from one medical malpractice plaintiffs’ lawyer who said it could make it easier to resolve claims with doctors worried about a possible investigation.

By Peter Vieth, w/ HT to Lauren Ellerman

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