Wednesday, January 27, 2010
There are two pieces of med mal reform news from my home state.
First, Virginia hospitals are supporting General Assembly legislation authorizing a disclosure/early offer pilot program. The House bill, No. 306, is sponsored by Henrico County neurologist and Del. John O'Bannon. The bill "would authorize the state health commissioner to work with private health care facilities to implement a program that calls for full disclosure to patients when things go wrong and a 'pre-claim resolution process' to head off lawsuits." (VLW Blog)
Second, there will be no legislation to change the med mal damage cap this year. Currently, the cap is $2M. Note it is a cap on all damages, not just a cap on noneconomic damages. (VLW Blog)