Archives: February 2015

Does your physician have to prescribe antibiotics for every sore throat?

With the right medical malpractice reforms, physicians can reinforce high quality care and provide cover for those who don’t want to prescribe antibiotics for every sore throat. There is a lot of jockeying ahead of the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act. Beyond posturing and heated rhetoric, there is a health care issue the two parties can work together on rather than blame each other: medical malpractice. It is clear there is support for reform. Republicans have long argued for reform. President Obama has been a consistent advocate for it. In 2006, he co-authored an article in the New England Journal of Medicine with Hilary Clinton and introduced legislation on the matter, and he launched several demonstration projects for reform. And doctors desperately want it and remain befuddled and upset about why malpractice reform never made it into the Affordable Care Act. So there is ground for optimism. And we desperately need reform. By every metric, the malpractice system is dysfunctional. For many physicians in high-risk specialties, such as cardiac and neuro-surgery, no matter what they do there is essentially a 100% chance they will be sued at some point during their career. Even so-called low-risk specialties, such…

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February 2015 Newsletter

  Protect Patients Now Volume 10, Issue 2 February 2015 Newsletter E-Newsletter     Special points of interest: Cure for Defense Medicine Should Include Dose of Liability Reform HCLA Supports Good Samaritan Bill to Protect Access to Care HCLA Prepares for Federal Action on Liability Reform in 2015 Cure for Defense Medicine Should Include Dose of Liability Reform From the perspectives of patients and physicians, doses of medical liability reform should be prescribed to ensure high quality health care and reduce the practice of defensive medicine. Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel and health care policy fellow Bob Kocher penned an editorial in Forbes on the opportunities to advance the topic in Congress, encouraging bipartisan cooperation on an area of mutual agreement – medical liability reform. The authors cite statistics about our medical liability system that have now become common knowledge to readers of the PPN newsletter – that nearly every neurosurgeon will be sued during his or her career, that the system works for neither patients nor physicians, and that more often than not, deserving patients are not compensated. While the writers express support for liability reform, they use the same old arguments to dismiss those reforms that have already proven most effective –…

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