Seth A. Seabury

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We used data from the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) to study the growth of physician malpractice payments. Judgments at trial account for 4 percent of all malpractice payments; settlements account for the remaining 96 percent. The average payment grew 52 percent between 1991 and 2003 (4 percent per year) and now exceeds dollar 12 per capita each(More)
BACKGROUND Psoriasis has significant economic impact on patients. However, its total economic burden has not been fully quantified. OBJECTIVES To assess the annual economic burden of psoriasis in the United States. METHODS A systematic literature review was conducted to obtain estimates of the components of the economic burden of psoriasis. Prevalence(More)
STUDY QUESTION Is a higher use of resources by physicians associated with a reduced risk of malpractice claims? METHODS Using data on nearly all admissions to acute care hospitals in Florida during 2000-09 linked to malpractice history of the attending physician, this study investigated whether physicians in seven specialties with higher average hospital(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine the association between impairment ratings and earnings losses. METHODS We conducted a case-control study of 21,663 workers' compensation claimants in California with impairment ratings under the AMA Guides, fifth edition. Earnings losses represented the percent difference between the earnings of cases and controls 3 years after(More)
OBJECTIVES Medication adherence is increasingly being considered as a measure for performance-based reimbursement contracts in healthcare systems. However, the association between health outcomes and adherence at the plan level is unknown. STUDY DESIGN Retrospective analysis of medical and pharmacy claims from a large private sector claims database from(More)
BACKGROUND Medical professional liability (MPL) remains a significant burden for physicians, in general, and cardiologists, in particular, as recent research has shown that average MPL defense costs are higher in cardiology than other specialties. Knowledge of the clinical characteristics and outcomes of lawsuits against cardiologists may improve quality of(More)
Workers’ compensation provides insurance against job-related injuries, but as many as half of injured workers choose not to file. A common explanation for this is the existence of private health insurance, an alternative source of health care that may discourage insured workers from taking the time to file a workers’ compensation claim. However, data from(More)
TO THE EDITOR—Internet search engine data have been demonstrated to be a powerful tool to predict outbreaks of infectious diseases such as influenza and food-borne illnesses [1–3]. This method has not been applied, however, to predict incidence of chronic infections such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV represents an important public health(More)