New Bill Aims to Reduce Malpractice Lawsuits Against Medicare/Medicaid Providers

A new bill called the “Saving Lives, Saving Costs Act” seeks to create a “safe harbor system” to reduce malpractice lawsuits against Medicare and Medicaid providers; the bill would also give providers the right to request state-level suits move to federal court. Under the bill, professional associations would “create clinical practice guidelines that could be invoked if a malpractice lawsuit is filed.” An eligible professional being sued could argue that he or she adhered to the guidelines, which would then cause a suspension in the proceedings so that an independent medical review panel could investigate. If a panel ultimately determines that the defendant adhered to the guidelines, or that the failure to adhere to the guidelines was not the cause of the alleged injury, the case would be dismissed.

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