Deal could trade tort reform for additional health reform

February 1, 2014
Deal could trade tort reform for additional health reform

(HealthDay)—Physicians may be willing to make a trade in accepting some additional health reform efforts in exchange for tort reform, according to an article published in the January issue of Health Affairs.

William M. Sage, M.D., J.D., from the University of Texas in Austin, and David A. Hyman, M.D., J.D., from the University of Illinois in Champaign, examine potential gains for broader health policy from making a deal with tort reform.

The authors say that a deal could potentially be brokered where relief from malpractice liability is obtained in exchange for acceptance of other policy changes that more directly improve access to care and reduce costs. Potential examples of these other health reform efforts may include restructuring fee-for-service payment, heightening transparency regarding the quality and cost of , and expanding practice privileges for other .

"There are also reasons to believe that tort reform can make ongoing health care delivery reforms work better, in addition to buttressing health reform efforts that might otherwise fail politically," the authors write.

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The Shootist
1 / 5 (1) Feb 01, 2014
To provide the level of government intervention called for by Progressives, a Police State will be necessary to collar the required resources.
5 / 5 (1) Feb 02, 2014
Regarding heightening of transparency, I'd settle for nothing less than complete transparency on physicians' performance. What they see patients for, what treatments they provide, what medicines they prescribe. How often they get in trouble. The kind of transparency the AMA, as a PAC is vehemently against. Nice but probably not practical would also be patients' experiences and views of their doctors.
To provide the level of government intervention called for by Progressives, a Police State will be necessary to collar the required resources.

Which is totally non-apropos. You pull this out of Shootist's Little Red Book? Maybe someone will complain and the physorg admins will put your comment out of its misery.

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