Category Archives: Congress

Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Study U.S. Rising Maternal Mortality Rate

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Heidi Heitkamp recently introduced bipartisan legislation to help stop the rate of maternal deaths in the United States — which, unlike any other industrialized country, are on the rise. Senators Capito and Heitkamp’s bipartisan … Continue reading

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National Conference of State Legislators Sends Letter to Congress in opposition of proposed ‘HEALTH Act of 2011’ Tort reforms

Last month, the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) wrote a letter to both the chairman and ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Health expressing “strong, bipartisan opposition to the passage of the latest federal medical malpractice legislation, HR … Continue reading

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Why Medical Malpractice Reform Will Increase the Deficit, Not Reduce It

side note: Here’s an interesting article that I almost missed. It’s written by Joanne Doroshow of the Center for Justice & Democracy, and she uses Congressional Budget Office (CBO) numbers to argue that tort reform — specifically the HEALTH Act … Continue reading

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Malpractice Immunity & Evidence-Based Medicine

side note: Here is an article that shows the conflict of interest that is inherent in our current system of medical liability, and outlines a reform idea worth closer inspection. While sovereign immunity is doubtful, it is an academic argument … Continue reading

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Rand Health Study: Investment in New Healthcare Quality Measures Needed as Cost-Cutting Strategies Grow

side note: With all the cost-cutting that is proposed at both federal and state levels, this is an especially prescient report. As the healthcare industry, employers and government officials seek to control the growth of health spending, new efforts are … Continue reading

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Congressional Civil Justice Caucus Formed in House of Representatives

On Feb. 10, Representatives Bob Good-latte and Dan Boren announced the creation of a bipartisan legal reform caucus, the Congressional Civil Justice Caucus. Goodlatte and Boren will serve as co-chairs of the newly formed caucus. According to the congressmen, the … Continue reading

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President Obama Starts Drive For Medical Malpractice Reforms

President Obama is calling for ste-level tort reforms, but stops short of endorsing damage caps. Continue reading

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Tea Party Member Says Malpractice Damage Caps Violate Constitution

Tea Party Caucus member says that federal tort reform with medical malpractice damage caps violates the Constitution. Continue reading

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