Newsletters

March 2023 Newsletter

HCLA Pushes Congress to Prepare for Future Pandemics The Health Coalition on Liability and Access recently proposed additions to the pending reauthorization of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA), ensuring that Good Samaritans and healthcare...

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February 2023 Newsletter

Iowa Governor Prescribes Relief Through Liability Reform Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds offered patients and physicians monumental relief from the state’s challenging medical liability system by recently signing long-awaited reforms into law. The new legislation places...

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January 2023 Newsletter

Liability Reform Builds Momentum in Iowa With support from the governor and a favorable legislative climate, momentum for medical liability reform is building in Iowa — a state facing threats to patient access to care. The Iowa Medical Society is capitalizing on the...

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November 2022 Newsletter

Women in New Jersey Harmed by State's Liability Laws Against the backdrop of an unfriendly medical liability climate, women in New Jersey are facing fewer options for health and reproductive care. Forecasted shortages of obstetricians and gynecologists are coming to...

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October 2022 Newsletter

Criminalizing Adverse Outcomes Harms Patient Safety An opinion piece reflecting on the recent sentencing of a nurse in Tennessee highlights the harm to the doctor-patient relationship when adverse medical outcomes are up against the criminal justice system. Dr. Stuart...

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September 2022 Newsletter

Venue shopping sprees to return to Pennsylvania The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has reversed a rule in place for two decades that maintained liability lawsuits should be filed in the jurisdiction where the alleged negligence occurred, inviting personal injury lawyers...

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August 2022 Newsletter

Fixing the Ill Effects of New Mexico's Liability Changes While efforts in 2021 to modernize medical liability laws in New Mexico were well-intended, the aftereffects have left a gap in coverage for hospitals and outpatient health care facilities (OPHCFs) that requires...

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June 2022 Newsletter

Defensive medicine brings inflation to health care costs As inflation touches on every aspect of consumer prices, health care costs have been continually increasing due to the practice of defensive medicine — and could go up even higher from here. An opinion piece in...

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May 2022 Newsletter

Modernizing MICRA To head off a November ballot measure that would have eliminated MICRA and its long-standing success in reforming California’s medical liability system, an agreement was announced to modify MICRA for the benefit of patients and physicians. Passed in...

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April 2022 Newsletter

Attempt to Expand Informed Consent Harms Patient Care The Supreme Court of Washington state is reviewing a case that could have damaging implications in the delivery of patient care if informed consent is expanded beyond its current standards. As it stands, informed...

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