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June 12, 1991

Medical Malpractice Claims Filed by Medicaid and Non-Medicaid Recipients in Maryland

Author Affiliations

From the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (Dr Mussman); Office of Medicaid Policy, Health Care Financing Administration (Dr Zawistowich); Department of Health Policy and Management (Drs Weisman and Morlock) and the Health Services Research and Development Center (Ms Malitz), The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, Md.

From the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (Dr Mussman); Office of Medicaid Policy, Health Care Financing Administration (Dr Zawistowich); Department of Health Policy and Management (Drs Weisman and Morlock) and the Health Services Research and Development Center (Ms Malitz), The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, Md.

JAMA. 1991;265(22):2992-2994. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03460220080036
Abstract

Several databases available in Maryland are used to investigate whether Medicaid recipients are more likely than other persons to engage in medical malpractice litigation. All malpractice claims filed during 1985 and 1986 (N = 1037) were updated for outcomes through 1989 and described with regard to the payer status of claimants. The proportion of claims filed by persons enrolled in Medicaid before and/or during the alleged malpractice incident was lower than the proportion of state residents enrolled in Medicaid. In addition, the proportion of obstetric claims filed by Medicaid recipients was identical to their proportion of hospital discharges for obstetric services during the period in which the incidents occurred.

(JAMA. 1991;265:2992-2994)

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