Pennsylvania Passes Law Designed to Improve Physician-Patient Communication

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has voted to pass the “I’m sorry” law which is designed to allow physicians to speak honestly with their patients and families about outcomes that fail to meet expectations.  The bill is aimed at letting healthcare professionals speak truthfully without having to worry that their statements will be used against them in a malpractice suit.  36 other states have passed a form of benevolent gesture legislation, although the exact wording varies from state to state.

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