Republicans Seek Details on Med Mal Reform

Side Note: Last week, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius faced a barrage of questions from Senate Republicans regarding medical malpractice reform during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing. The Republicans inquired about the lack of med mal reforms in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Disappointed by the fact that the ACA only addresses the topic of med mal reform by providing $50 million for demonstration project grants to explore alternative ways to settle malpractice cases, Senator John McCain asked Sebelius and the HHS if they could provide a new plan for how med mal cases could be handled. She replied, “Sure.” Not exactly confidence inspiring…

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GOP Senators Grill Sebelius on Malpractice Reform
By Emily P. Walker, Washington Correspondent
MedPage Today
Published: January 27, 2011

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans grilled Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about the prospects of medical liability reform during a congressional hearing Thursday.

Sebelius appeared before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, invited by Democrats who wanted to highlight some of the most popular provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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