SECTION 1. Section 5C of chapter 112 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is amended by adding the following two paragraphs:
The board shall annually issue a report on professional liability claims, settlements, and judgments against hospitals and physicians by medical specialty and by hospital service line. The data used to generate the annual report shall be made available to the public on the board's web site through reports that may be downloaded for analysis and review. Hospital service lines shall be determined by the board in consultation with the commissioner of public health. The report shall include data on the frequency of claims and alleging errors in emergency department services, nursing services, slips and falls, so-called, and alleged misdiagnoses. Claims, settlements, and judgments shall be classified by type of health care facility, and medical office. The report shall also include the average and median time period that cases are pending from the time of filing to the time of settlement or judgment, and the total cost incurred or paid for each claim, including the cost of settlements, judgments, and defense. The annual report shall include malpractice claims against all physicians and hospitals in the commonwealth, respectively, but shall not identify individual physicians, patients, or claimants.
Each medical malpractice insurer and risk management organizations that insures or provides risk management services to physicians or hospitals in the commonwealth shall file such information as the board may require by regulation in connection with such annual report.
SECTION 2. The board of registration in medicine shall promulgate regulations requiring the collection of such information no later than 45 days after the effective date of this act.
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