Judiciary Committee Discusses Liability Reform

Side Note: Medical liability reform was the topic of the first hearing of the House Judiciary Committee of the 112th Congress. The hearing, entitled, “Medical Liability Reform — Cutting Costs, Spurring Investment, Creating Jobs,” heard testimony from two physicians and a lawyer. As you’d guess, the lawyer thought the current liability system was working just fine. We disagree.

The hearing is thought to be part of a larger Republican agenda to repeal the Affordability Care Act (ACA) or parts of it. The Act, many physicians feel, is insufficient in regards to med mal liability because it did not impose limits on noneconomic damages. Ardis Hoven, MD, chair of the American Medical Association’s Board of Trustees, says that the AMA supports liability reforms similar to California’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act of 1975 (MICRA). MICRA, which famously capped noneconomic damages at $250,000, has kept med mal insurance rates affordable for California physicians. We will keep you posted.

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House Committee Takes Up Medical Liability Reform
By Emily P. Walker, Washington Correspondent, MedPage Today
Published: January 21, 2011

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee devoted its first hearing in the 112th Congress to an issue physicians and many Republicans have long championed: medical liability reform.

You can read the original article here.