TITLE

Malpractice Reform Proposed

AUTHOR(S)
Brown, Paul S.
PUB. DATE
June 1991
SOURCE
Risk Management (00355593);Jun91, Vol. 38 Issue 6, p8
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In an effort to control the growth of health care costs resulting from malpractice claims, the U.S. administration is proposing to revamp the medical professional liability system and create incentives for states to implement tort and quality reform. Under the draft plan, a bonus pool of funds would be available to U.S. states that take steps to enact certain tort reform measures within a three year period including reasonable caps on noneconomic damages, elimination of joint and several liability for noneconomic damages, elimination of collateral source rules to prohibit double recoveries by plaintiffs, elimination of lump sum payments for future costs and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, such as arbitration, medication or pretrial screening panels. The pool would be created by withholding funds from Medicare and Medicaid payments based on the anticipated reduction of operating and administrative costs.
ACCESSION #
14409240

 

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