Under our current medical liability system, physicians face expensive premiums for liability insurance, they fear litigation, expect lawsuits, and feel the psychological burden of navigating the complex system. At the same time patients suffer with claims that may take years to be decided, and verdicts and award amounts may hinge on the laws and legal climate of the state in which they are filed.
Where We Stand
The American College of Physicians believes that improving patient safety and preventing errors must be at the fore of the medical liability reform discussion. Comprehensive reform should include caps on noneconomic damages, establish minimum standards for expert witnesses, increase oversight of insurers, and develop safe harbor protections that improve quality of care. No-fault alternatives, such as health courts, should be tested. This multi-faceted approach should allow for innovation, pilot-testing and further research on the most effective reforms.
- PolicyMedical Liability Reform: Innovative Solutions for a New Health Care System 4/2014
- PolicySummary of ACP's Positions on Medical Liability Reform 12/2011
Latest Advocacy Efforts
- LetterACP Letter to President-Elect Biden Regarding Policy Recommendations for the New Administration 12/10/2020
- LetterACP letter of support for H.R. 1565, the Saving Lives, Saving Costs Act of 2017 5/12/2017
- LetterACP letter of support to Representative Steve King for H.R. 1215, the Protecting Access to Care Act 5/15/2017
- LetterACP letter of support for H.R. 4106, the Saving Lives, Saving Costs Act 4/2/2014
- LetterJoint letter to HHS regarding serious concerns about the backlog of Medicare appeals 2/12/2014
- LetterGOP SGR Framework proposal as Released by the Ways Means Energy Commerce Committees 2/25/2013
- LetterMedical Liability Reform Deficit Reduction Sign-On Letter 10/3/2011
- LetterLetter to Reduce Federal Spending 9/12/2011
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Additional Resources: Links to Other Organizations
- American Tort Reform Association - ATRA
- Health Care Liability Alliance - HCLA
- National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC)
- National Governors Association - NGA
- National Conference of State Legislators - NCSL
- National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCIL)
- Medical Professional Liability Association