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The GOP Plan to Reduce Frivolous Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

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Published on Mar 8, 2017

Healthcare Matters is produced by Cunningham Group, the medical malpractice insurance specialists: http://www.cunninghamgroupins.com.

Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been a major goal of Republicans for years. With that goal now in sight, our latest Healthcare Matters episode focuses on whether or not medical liability reform will be a part of any Republican healthcare reform efforts. Join us as we speak with Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn) and Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky), about The American Healthcare Reform Act of 2017 (HR 277), a healthcare reform bill they introduced in January. The bill includes a ‘safe harbor’ provision, which is intended to protect physicians from frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits as long as physician follow specified clinical practice guidelines, and would also move certain kinds of medical malpractice litigation from state courts to federal court. Our interview also covers the question of caps on noneconomic damages, and why they would be difficult to implement at the federal level.

Rep. Roe was a practicing OB-Gyn prior to being elected to Congress in 2009 from Tennessee’s 1st District. Rep. Andy Barr, elected in 2013 from Kentucky’s 6th District, is a former trial attorney. Both are members of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), where they worked with current Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, who has also been a proponent of including medical liability reform in Republican efforts to replace the ACA.

Healthcare Matters is an internet television program that explores the intersection of medicine and the law. Host Michael Matray, editor of Medical Liability Monitor, interviews politicians, scholars, and members of the healthcare community on issues such as tort reform, significant malpractice judgments and emerging legal trends in medical professional liability. Our Executive Producer is Erik Leander.

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