THE MEDICAL MALPRACTICE INSURANCE CRISIS: An Overview of the Issues

Authors

  • Rosalind Kendellen CNM, JD

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    • Ms. Kendellen is an associate in the law firm of Lowenstein, Sandler, Brochin, Kohl, Fisher and Boylan, in Roseland, NJ, where she specializes in corporate and health care law. She was with the law firm of Medvin and Elberg, in Newark, NJ, which specializes in medical malpractice litigation when this article was written. She has practiced and taught nurse-midwifery at Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, and St. Elizabeth Hospital, Elizabeth, NJ.


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ABSTRACT

This paper presents an overview of the medical malpractice crisis that is facing certified nurse-midwives and other professionals, institutions, and businesses. The reasons for the crisis as well as proposed solutions are set forth. Finally, the response of the American College of Nurse-Midwives and nurse-midwives individually is discussed as well as the impact of these solutions on the practice of nurse-midwifery.

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