Medical groups push liability reform bill

February 10, 2011

The American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Physicians and the American Medical Association were among the 100 medical and physician organizations that sent a supportive letter to the sponsors of HR 5, a medical liability reform bill introduced in January.

The American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Physicians, and the American Medical Association were among the 100 medical and physician organizations that sent a supportive letter to the sponsors of HR 5, the Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act of 2011, a medical liability reform bill introduced in late January.

The bill would cap noneconomic damages at $250,000 per case, set a three-year time limit for a negligence lawsuit to be filed, limit damages paid by each party named in the lawsuit based on fault, and limit the damages a plaintiff's attorney could collect.