A plea to the supercommittee
Providers seek malpractice reform, GME funding
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.