SPOTLIGHT: Anesthesiologists score a win in malpractice fight

While other doctor's groups have fought rising malpractice rates by lobbying for changes to liability laws, anesthesiologists appear to have been more successful by following a strategy of protecting themselves by adopting best practices. The Wall Street Journal reports that patient death rates have dropped dramatically as a result from one in 5,000 to about one in 200,000. The result: malpractice rates paid by anesthesiologists are actually lower than they were 20 years ago. And the specialty is considered among the safest bets by insurers. Story