"Overlawyered" Plus "Overpaneled" Equals Nothing But Fewer Patient Rights
Category: News Defused
Sound the trumpets!! Stop the presses!! Overlawyered posts this announcement from Ted Frank:
"The U.S. Senate Takes On Medical Malpractice Reform"
I'm moderating a panel with this title Monday afternoon at 3 at AEI.
The U.S. Senate has announced that it will be debating new legislation to reform America's medical malpractice law in early May. Is the Senate likely to pass useful reforms? What types of reform should they consider? What is the appropriate role of the federal government in addressing the issue and what are the potential conflicts between the federal government and the states?
At the American Enterprise Institute Website we learn that -
Ted Frank, director of AEI's Liability Project, will moderate.
The AEI Liability Project (www.liabilityproject.org) seeks to promote a better understanding of the scope and consequences of the liability crisis and to help ensure that political or legal reform efforts are aimed at the appropriate targets.
Might I suggest that the panel spend the day more profitably addressing the medical error crisis or the patient safety crisis or the unnecessary hospital deaths crisis.
Coincidentally, on Monday afternoon at the same time I will be moderating a panel of malpractice victims and their families which will discuss an editorial last week in USA Today.
Surgical screw-ups are a small part of a much larger patient-safety problem in hospitals.
Incidents such as bedsores, post-operative infections and failure to diagnose and treat conditions that develop in the hospital continued to plague American hospitals, according to a new study of Medicare patients by HealthGrades, a health care ratings company.
The study found that 1.24 million patient safety incidents occurred in nearly 40 million hospitalizations from 2002 to 2004. Those incidents were associated with 250,000 potentially preventable deaths and $9.3 billion of excess costs. For the second straight year, incidents increased slightly.
Progress in reducing medical errors has been painfully slow. Speeding improvements requires making safety a top priority, publicly identifying hospitals that miss the grade and rewarding those that exceed it.
If Overlawyered would spend some time working on patient safety or similar issues pertaining to the quality of health care in America the U. S. Senate could take on something like, say, The Iraq War.
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