Why the Supreme Court Decision on ObamaCare Didn’t Really Matter

June 29, 2012 by matray

The Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act—or as its detractors call it, ObamaCare—was a victory for the President, judicial precedent and the estimated 32 to 50 million Americans who will soon have access to healthcare. As Americans, we care about the health… 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

May 9, 2011 by matray

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 5, the ‘Help Efficient Accessible, Low-Cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act… Continue reading...

Posted in Access to Care, American Medical Association, California, Congress, Damage Caps, Medical Malpractice, Medical Malpractice News, Medical Professional Liability Insurance, MICRA Act, National Conference of State Legislators, Politics, Republicans | 1 Comment
Hospital Groups Acquiring Physicians’ Private Practices, How It Affects Liability

April 20, 2011 by matray

side note: Is a hospital-focused healthcare system the future of American Medicine? And if so, what are the liability implications? This is a great look at what looks to be the future of healthcare delivery in the United States. Physician-owned and operated medical practices appear to be going the way… Continue reading...

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New York Gov. Cuomo Proposes Malpractice Damage Cap As Means to Shore-up Budget, Loses Fight with Assembly

April 7, 2011 by matray

Declaring New York State “functionally bankrupt” in February, newly-elected Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a $132.9 billion budget that would reduce year-to-year spending for the first time in more than a decade. Key to his proposal was slashing the state’s projected healthcare spending, specifically cutting $2.85 billion in Medicaid funding for… Continue reading...

Posted in Access to Care, Damage Caps, Healthcare Reform, Medical Malpractice, Medical Malpractice News, Medical Professional Liability Insurance, New York, Noneconomic Damage Caps, Politics, Tort Reform | Leave a comment
Malpractice Immunity & Evidence-Based Medicine

March 29, 2011 by matray

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 worth exploring. It's been a year since health care reform… Continue reading...

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Wisconsin Tort Reform: Judges now have less discretion in finding frivolousness, imposing sanctions

March 16, 2011 by matray

side note: Right now, Wisconsin is ground zero in the labor rights fight, but the villain Gov. Scott Walker pushed through a tort reform measure during an emergency session he called during his first week in office. Below is a synopsis by the Wisconsin Trial Bar of the tort reform… Continue reading...

Posted in Access to Care, Healthcare Reform, Medical Malpractice, Medical Malpractice News, Medical Professional Liability Insurance, Midwest, Politics, Republicans, The Economy, Tort Reform, Wisconsin | Leave a comment
Rand Health Study: Investment in New Healthcare Quality Measures Needed as Cost-Cutting Strategies Grow

March 7, 2011 by matray

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 needed to develop and refine quality-of-care and other performance measures… Continue reading...

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Congressional Civil Justice Caucus Formed in House of Representatives

March 3, 2011 by matray

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 Congressional Civil Justice Caucus will serve as a forum for… Continue reading...

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MLMIC Threatens to not Renew Eight Bronx Obstetricians

March 2, 2011 by matray

side note: If this isn't a strong argument that New York's medical liability climate threatens access to care, I do not know what would be. A malpractice insurance company has threatened not to renew coverage for eight Bronx obstetricians who treat poor, high-risk patients. The New York Times reports that… Continue reading...

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