Saturday, September 19, 2009
Following up on Tony Sebok's post yesterday, we now have some more details on President Obama's "demonstration projects" on tort reform. Specifically, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced $25 million in grants for states "to try out new patient safety and medical liability models."
Grants are going to be available for the development, implementation, and evaluation of models that do four things: put patient safety first and work to reduce preventable injuries; foster better communication between doctors and their patients; ensure that patients are compensated in a fair and timely manner for medical injuries, while reducing the incidence of frivolous lawsuits; and finally, reduce liability premiums.
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Within 30 days, we'll post an official funding opportunity announcement on grants.gov. After that, potential grantees will have 60 days to apply for two different kinds of grants -- one-year planning grants of up to $300,000 that will help states and localities and health systems develop and conceptualize new patient safety and medical liability models; and demonstration grants for up to three years and $3 million that will help implementation of projects that are ready to go.