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Quick View. Posted March 5, 2007

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The AMA says four states have improved their liability standing.

The American Medical Association has updated its medical liability map for 2007. Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi and West Virginia moved off the crisis list of states where medical liability insurance rates force physicians to retire early, eliminate high-risk procedures or leave the state. The number of states in crisis stands at 17, down from 21 a year ago.

Crisis states: Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington and Wyoming.

Caution states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia. Also, Washington, D.C., and Guam.

Stable states: California, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas and Wisconsin.

Source: American Medical Association

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