Leading up to the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in March 2010 federal liability reforms were contemplated as a means of garnering support for the legislation among congressional Republicans and medical professional organizations. Although no liability-reform provisions survived in the final bill Congress made clear the need for more experimentation. The final legislation authorized $50 million for states and health care systems to test new approaches to the resolution of medical-injury disputes. This authorization supplemented the $23 million that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) awarded in 2010 for projects to advance new approaches to medical-injury compensation and patient safety (Kachalia and Mello 2011 p. 1564). Which of the medical liability reform approaches described in Tables 2 and 3 of Kachalia and Mello (2011) do you favor? Why?
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Tables 2 and 3 are found here: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMhpr1012821
Kachalia A. and Mello M. M. (2011). New directions in medical liability reform. New England Journal of Medicine 364(16) 1564-1572.
American Medical Association. (2012). Medical liability reformnow! Retrieved from http://www.ama-assn.org/resources/doc/arc/mlr-now.pdf