A plea to the su­per­com­mit­tee

Providers seek mal­prac­tice re­form, GME fund­ing

Modern Healthcare - - THE WEEK IN HEALTHCARE - An­dis Robeznieks

Physi­cian and hos­pi­tal groups want the Joint Se­lect Com­mit­tee on Deficit Re­duc­tion to ad­dress pet pri­or­i­ties left out of the health­care re­form law. In Oct. 3 let­ters—in­clud­ing one signed by al­most 100 med­i­cal so­ci­eties and an­other by 40 or­ga­ni­za­tions—doc­tors and hos­pi­tals urge the panel known as the su­per­com­mit­tee to in­clude med­i­cal mal­prac­tice re­form and an in­crease (rather than a cut) in fed­eral fi­nan­cial sup­port for physi­cian train­ing pro­grams in its fi­nal leg­isla­tive pack­age, due for a com­mit­tee vote by Nov. 23 with a Dec. 23 dead­line for the full Congress to act.

In a let­ter signed by the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, 53 med­i­cal spe­cialty groups, and 44 state med­i­cal as­so­ci­a­tions and the Med­i­cal So­ci­ety of the District of Columbia, physi­cians re­quested: a $250,000 cap on noneco­nomic dam­ages; a pro­hi­bi­tion on new guide­lines or stan­dards con­tained in the Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Af­ford­able Care Act cre­at­ing new “causes of ac­tion” against health­care providers; pro­tec­tions for providers who give emer­gency or vol­un­tary dis­as­ter care; and stan­dards of

A coali­tion of provider groups ar­gued against cut­ting fund­ing for med­i­cal res­i­dency pro­grams.

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