Wednesday, November 24, 2004
The Nov. 23 Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report reviewed med-mal-related developments in 8 states. Here are the leads:
- Arkansas: A 2003 state tort reform law (Act 649) has not led to reduced malpractice insurance premiums, according to a report by the Arkansas Insurance Department, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.
- Florida: Circuit Judge Janet Ferris on Nov. 15 temporarily barred the implementation of Amendment 8, which would allow the revocation of the medical licenses of physicians who lose three malpractice lawsuits, until the last day of the state legislative session, the AP/South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports (Royse, AP/South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 11/16). (Previously noted on this blawg.)
- Maryland: Gov. Robert Ehrlich (R) on Thursday said that he will present a revised malpractice insurance reform bill to Democratic legislative leaders this week that would not rely on the state general fund, the Washington Times reports.
- Georgia: Senate Republicans last week announced that in the 2005 legislative session they will press for an agenda that includes tort reform legislation, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
- Massachusetts: The state Board of Registration in Medicine last week released a report that found total malpractice jury awards and settlements in the state have fallen 8% over the past three years, from a peak of $129 million in 2001 to $119 million in 2003, the Boston Globe reports (Allen, Boston Globe, 11/16).
- Michigan: American Physicians Assurance, the state's largest medical malpractice insurer, has begun a contest for enrollees of the plan in an effort to reduce the number of malpractice lawsuits filed by patients, the Detroit News reports.
- Ohio: State representatives over the last two weeks have begun considering a measure that would limit noneconomic and punitive damage awards in medical malpractice lawsuits, CongressDaily reports.
- Oregon: The Oregon Medical Association is drafting a package of proposals to lower medical malpractice insurance rates that it plans to submit to the state Legislature, the Associated Press reports.