Liability Reform

Feb 15, 2018
The House Energy & Commerce Committee yesterday approved the Good Samaritan Health Professional Act (H.R. 1876), AHA-supported legislation that would extend liability standards under the Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 to licensed health professionals who volunteer in another state during a…
Jan 24, 2018
The average cost of administering or adjudicating a medical liability claim was $54,165 in 2015, 65% more than in 2006, according to a series of trend reports released today by the American Medical Association. More than two-thirds of claims were dropped, dismissed or withdrawn, but still cost…
Dec 11, 2017
The high costs associated with the current medical liability system not only harm hospitals and physicians, but also patients and their communities.
Across the nation, access to health care is being negatively impacted as physicians move from states with high insurance costs or stop providing services that may expose them to a greater risk of litigation. The increased costs that result from the current flawed medical liability system not only…
Dec 11, 2017
Liability Reform - State Initiatives - Public Awareness Campaigns
State InitiativesCalifornians Allied for Patient Protection (CAPP) is a broad-based coalition of health care providers, business, labor and consumer organizations, and insurers created to preserve the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act of 1975 (MICRA), California's landmark medical…
Dec 11, 2017
Liability Reform - Other Resources including studies and reports, surveys and polls, links and national coalitions.
Other Resources Scanning the HeadlinesBibliographies of selected articles about medical liability and disclosure developed by the AHA Resource Center.Medical liabilityDisclosureNational CoalitionsFounded in 1986, the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) is a broad based, bipartisan coalition of…
Dec 11, 2017
Liability Reform - Hospital Resources
Hospital Resources DisclosureAHA Website: Communicating with Patients Includes Booklet: Communicating Outcomes to Patients, developed by the Minnesota Hospital AssociationReport: University of Michigan Patient Safety Toolkit: Disclosure disseminate 'best practices' in patient safety…
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Liability Reform

Oct 17, 2017
The high costs associated with the current medical liability system not only harm hospitals and physicians, but also patients and their communities.
Across the nation, access to health care is being negatively impacted as physicians move from states with high insurance costs or stop providing services that may expose them to a greater risk of litigation. The increased costs that result from the current flawed medical liability system not only…
Jun 27, 2017
AHA supports the Protecting Access to Care Act (H.R.1215). This legislation would reduce health care costs and promote access to quality, affordable health care for all Americans.
May 17, 2017
AHA letter to Representative Marsha Blackburn expressing support for the Good Samaritan Health Professional Act (H.R. 1876).
AHA letter to Representative Marsha Blackburn expressing support for the Good Samaritan Health Professional Act (H.R. 1876).
Mar 2, 2017
U.S. health care leaders are continually working to improve care processes while advancing a medical liability system that better serves patients and providers. Doing so ensures patients are compensated fairly and in a timely manner and physicians feel confident in the tests they order and the care they provide.
U.S. health care leaders are continually working to improve care processes while advancing a medical liability system that better serves patients and providers. Doing so ensures patients are compensated fairly and in a timely manner and physicians feel confident in the tests they order and the care…