Archives: July 2010

July 2008 Newsletter

Click here to download PDF Protect Patients Now Volume 3, Issue 7 JULY 2008 Newsletter E-Newsletter Special points of interest: PPN/DMLR Sponsor Conference That Will Not Only Make News – It Will Make a Difference Former Carter Aid Sees the Light on Medical Liability Reform Patient Access to Care Crisis in Pennsylvania: It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over PPN/DMLR Sponsor Conference That Will Not Only Make News – It Will Make a Difference Protect Patients Now and Doctors for Medical Liability Reform are proud to be leading sponsors of America’s Health Care at Risk: Finding a Cure, a major bi-partisan health care conference that will bring together an extraordinary group of high-level policy makers and experts to find common solutions to this nation’s health care problems. We’re pleased to say that our own Dr. James Bean, President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, will be making the compelling case for medical liability reform as essential to any effective overall reform of our Health Care system. Other speakers at this star-studded event include political pundits Karl Rove and James Carville, former Governor and President of the National Association of Manufacturers John Engler, former Governor and HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson, Former…

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August 2008 Newsletter

Click here to download PDF Protect Patients Now Volume 3, Issue 8 AUGUST 2008 Newsletter E-Newsletter Special points of interest: Get Your Tickets Now for the Health Care Event of Campaign 2008! Eyes Wide Shut at the DNC Maybe They Should Consider a Manger Instead Good Reading Get Your Tickets Now for the Health Care Event of Campaign 2008! The date is fast approaching (September 17-18) when America’s leading voices in the health care debate will gather in Orlando, Florida for the seminal health care conference of this election year. America’s Health Care at Risk: Finding a Cure – of which Protect Patients Now and Doctors for Medical Liability Reform are leading sponsors – will bring together an unprecedented, high-level group of policy makers and experts from all parts of the political spectrum in a search for common solutions to this nation’s health care problems. One of the most important will be our very own Dr. James Bean, President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, who will help focus discussion on the centrality of medical liability reform to any effective overall reform of our health care system. The kick-off will be a sparkling dinner debate between mega-pundits Karl Rove…

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September 2008 Newsletter

Click here to download PDF Protect Patients Now Volume 3, Issue 9 SEPTEMBER 2008 Newsletter E-Newsletter Special points of interest: Medical Liability Reform Takes Center Stage at Orlando Conference The True Cost of the Medical Liability Crisis Worser and Worser Sue ‘Em! Medical Liability Reform Takes Center Stage at Orlando Conference Many of the biggest stakeholders in the health care debate convened in Orlando, Florida on September 17 and 18 for a first of it’s kind, bi-partisan conference and medical liability reform took center stage among the participants as a critical part of any potential health care reform package. America’s Health Care at Risk: Finding a Cure, a major health care event sponsored by DMLR, was opened by a rousing debate between James Carville and Karl Rove, who spent much of their time discussing the political realities of federal medical liability reform. Rove began by announcing that he was a “huge fan” of liability reform, which he noted would not have a big price tag at the federal level but would have “huge implications for the quality and cost of health care in America.” At the same time, he said, “I recognize that the trial lawyers fund the Democratic Party…they’ve…

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October 2008 Newsletter

Click here to download PDF Protect Patients Now Volume 3, Issue 10 OCTOBER 2008 Newsletter E-Newsletter Special points of interest: An Open Letter from Stuart L. Weinstein, M.D. Chairman, Doctors for Medical Liability Reform A Real Life Game of Survivor M-Care or No Care? An Open Letter from Stuart L. Weinstein, M.D. Chairman, Doctors for Medical Liability Reform This will be our last newsletter before the elections on November 4.  I’m not one to prognosticate on likely winners and losers, but I do know that no matter who becomes the President, and no matter which political party controls the US Congress, medical liability reform will be as important – maybe even more important – than ever, and Protect Patients Now must continue to lead the charge to stop medical lawsuit abuse.  There’s too much at stake to sit back and do nothing.  Our nation’s broken medical liability system is driving good doctors out of the practice of medicine and threatening patient access to quality health care.  Nowhere is this access to care crisis more critical than in our nation’s emergency care system.  Patients expect and deserve to get the care they need when they need it – especially in the…

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November 2009 Newsletter

Click here to download PDF Protect Patients Now Volume 3, Issue 11 NOVEMBER 2008 Newsletter E-Newsletter Special points of interest: Full Speed Ahead on Health Care Reform — Dragging Their Feet on Liability Double Take on Liability Reform Doctors on Defense Full Speed Ahead on Health Care Reform — Dragging Their Feet on Liability Questions about whether the new Democratic Congress will proceed with health care reform in the face of an on-going financial crisis and ballooning deficit appear to have been decided in the affirmative. President-elect Obama’s pick of Tom Daschle to head HHS (the erstwhile Senate Majority Leader has devoted himself to health care reform since leaving the Senate and has even written a book on the subject) clearly signals the intention of the incoming administration to move ahead with all deliberate speed. And at a recent gathering of Senate big-wigs to discuss health care, Senate Finance Chair Max Baucus said he and his colleagues would “hit the ground running.” This was a week after the Senator unveiled a major white paper on health care reform that will serve as the basis for a bill he and Senator Kennedy plan to introduce next January. The Baucus white paper, therefore,…

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December 2008 Newsletter

Click here to download PDF Protect Patients Now Volume 3, Issue 12 DECEMBER 2008 Newsletter E-Newsletter Special points of interest: It’s An Emergency! Relief for Arizona? No Last Call for the Trial Bar It’s An Emergency! The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has now released its second National Report Card on the condition of emergency medicine in the United States and the results are “sobering,” to use their word. As in the last report card, issued in 2006, emergency care barely garnered a C- overall grade, in large part because of the corrosive effects of the medical liability environment (one of five categories graded), which itself came in with a C-. While some states have cleaned up their act, the report highlights the “adverse legal environments” in many others that are forcing physicians to “decrease their availability to emergency patients or move to states with less liability exposure.” This comes at a time when our creaking health care system puts increasing demands on emergency care facilities to provide routine care to patients. Since 1996, in fact, patient visits to the ER have risen 32 percent. You can read the full report here. Relief for Arizona? In Arizona, patient access…

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