Join us Wednesday, July 12 at 9:00pm ET / 6:00pm PT for a live, interactive tweetchat with Jeff Segal, MD, on defensive medicine, associated costs, and how to avoid both, inspired by his op-ed piece Traditional Tort Reform Won’t Reduce Healthcare Costs. Topics to be discussed include:

  • What we currently know about the negative impacts of defensive medicine
  • Whether or not–and why/why not–President Trump’s proposal to cap damages on pain and suffering to $250,000 per claim, limit attorney’s fees, and limit the period to file lawsuits, among other traditional tort reform efforts, will successfully help cut healthcare costs in the U.S.
  • The benefits of traditional tort reform
  • The problems with traditional tort reform
  • Why physicians would continue practicing defensive medicine despite statutes to limit their damages in malpractice suits
  • Alternatives to traditional tort reform
  • The benefits of no-blame systems and how they work
  • Whether clinicians in other countries practice defensive medicine as is done in the U.S.
  • Whether clinicians are sued in other countries as they are in the U.S.
  • More…

How to Join the Chat

  1. Log into your Twitter account. Don’t have an account? Where have you been?! Just kidding, we don’t judge, but you should get one! It’s easy to create, and free. You’ll be glad you did.
  2. A couple minutes before 9:00pm ET on July 12, Search Twitter (top right of every Twitter page) for #PWChat.
  3. On the search results page, click LATEST at the top left. This will show you all the latest tweets using the #PWChat hashtag. The page will automatically update every couple minutes, letting you know how many new tweets there are using the #PWChat hashtag.
  4. Answer questions, reply to other’s comments, or make a comment of your own as much and as often as you like. Just make sure to leave room in include #PWChat to make sure what you tweet is included in the chat. Otherwise, it won’t be seen.
  5. While you’re at it, be sure to follow @physicianswkly and @jeffsegalmd!

About Dr. Segal

Dr. Jeffrey Segal, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Medical Justice, is a board-certified neurosurgeon. Dr. Segal is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons; the American College of Legal Medicine; and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He is also a member of the North American Spine Society. In the process of conceiving, funding, developing, and growing Medical Justice, Dr. Segal has established himself as one of the country’s leading authorities on medical malpractice issues, counterclaims, and internet-based assaults on reputation.

Dr. Segal was a practicing neurosurgeon for approximately ten years, during which time he also played an active role as a participant on various state-sanctioned medical review panels designed to decrease the incidence of meritless medical malpractice cases.

Dr. Segal holds a M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine, where he also completed a neurosurgical residency. Dr. Segal served as a Spinal Surgery Fellow at The University of South Florida Medical School. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa as well as the AOA Medical Honor Society. Dr. Segal received his B.A. from the University of Texas and graduated with a J.D. from Concord Law School with highest honors.

In 2000, he co-founded and served as CEO of DarPharma, Inc, a biotechnology company in Chapel Hill, NC, focused on the discovery and development of first-of-class pharmaceuticals for neuropsychiatric disorders.