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A New Hurdle for Medical Malpractice Claimants: Legislation Establishing Medical Review Panels Takes Effect in Kentucky

by Reminger Co., LPA on

In a step toward tort reform, on June 29, 2017, Senate Bill 4 was signed into law and went into effect in Kentucky as KRS 216C.005 et seq., establishing a requirement that all potential medical malpractice lawsuits first be...more

Trump Administration FY 2018 Budget and Healthcare Programs

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Trump Administration released on May 23, 2017, its full Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget request, titled "A New Foundation for American Greatness." President Donald Trump's request builds off of the administration's March 16...more

Replacing The Affordable Care Act: A Reality Infusion

by Dentons on

During the course of his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump repeatedly promised to repeal and replace President Obama's signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Certainly the Republican Party's continuing...more

Doctors, Lawyers and the Controversial Prop 46

by Lewitt Hackman on

What's the most controversial measure on California's November ballot? The insurance regulation bill, Prop 45, may be a good contender – but more than likely the controversy over Proposition 46 will win the contest hands...more

Illinois Doctor Database Passed Under Overturned Medical MalPractice Law is Reinstituted

by Howard Ankin on

Last year, Illinois lawmakers passed a comprehensive medical care reform bill that imposed a cap in medical malpractice cases. As explained at the PopTort, when that law was overturned as unconstitutional, a number of other...more

Tort Reform Won’t Address Huge Regional Disparities in Malpractice Insurance Fees

Physician groups and health insurers often blame excessive malpractice settlements for the high rates that doctors have to pay to obtain malpractice liability insurance. But a recent analysis indicates that regional...more

Report: Congress Should Focus on Curtailing Medical Errors, Not Patients’ Rights

by Robert Kraft on

According to an update of the National Practitioner Data Bank released recently, fewer medical malpractice payments were made on behalf of doctors in 2009 than any other year on record. This contradicts claims by some that...more

“Tort Reform” Won’t Fix Health Care

by Robert Kraft on

In an op-ed article in the Baltimore Sun, attorney Wayne M. Willoughby makes a convincing argument that “tort reform” is not the solution to high healthcare costs. Here are excerpts from the article: For months now,...more

“Tort Reform” Is a Desperate Distraction From Health Care Debate

by Robert Kraft on

This article was written for the Huffington Post by Anthony Tarricone, president of the American Association for Justice. Here are excerpts: Those opposed to real health care reform are flailing to come up with real,...more

Tort Reform Is Not The Answer

by Robert Kraft on

Tort reform is not the answer — that’s the headline of an editorial in the Des Moines Register. The editorial lays out the arguments in favor of tort reform as a way to save money on health care, but comes to this...more

Tort Reform – Not a Health Care Panacea

by Robert Kraft on

An editorial in the Salt Lake Tribune provides insight into the current debate on the effect of medical malpractice on the costs of health insurance. The editorial puts things into perspective by pointing out that the total...more

Health Care and the Myth of Tort Reform

by Robert Kraft on

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has an interesting editorial commenting on the recommendations of some politicians to make “tort reform” a part of any new health care legislation. Those of us who have spent years involved in the...more

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