Archives: June 2014

June 2014 Newsletter

  Protect Patients Now Volume 9, Issue 6 June 2014 Newsletter E-Newsletter     Special points of interest: Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Protect Doctor-Patient Relationship Fans of Sports Medicine Liability Bill Join Together Friends and Foes of Reform Gear up for California Liability Ballot Measure Legal Brief Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Protect Doctor-Patient Relationship A bipartisan bill widely advocated for in Congress in recent years has again been re-introduced in the House of Representatives by Reps. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX) to preserve access to care and ensure patients and their providers are not subject to a “one size fits all” treatment plan. HR 4750, the Standard of Care Protection Act, would ensure that laws regarding federal health care programs are not used, outside their intended purpose, to create new standards of care for medical liability lawsuits. The version introduced this month reflects the language that was put into the SGR fix bills that were approved by the leadership of the Senate Finance, House Ways & Means and House Energy & Commerce Committees earlier this year. Unintentionally, the quality measures and payment methodologies contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have the potential for expanding the risk of…

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