AMA builds support for yet-to-be-introduced medical tort reform bill

The American Medical Association is circulating a sign-on letter in support of a medical liability reform bill that is expected to be introduced in the House next week. 

The bill, sponsored by former OB/GYN Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), caps non-economic damages at $250,000 and limits attorney fees, among other tort reforms.

"The proven reforms contained in the HEALTH [Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare] Act would help reduce costs, while ensuring that patients who have been injured due to negligence receive just compensation," reads the letter, dated Jan. 18. "This bill provides the right balance of reforms by promoting speedier resolutions to disputes, maintaining access to courts, maximizing patient recovery of damage awards with unlimited compensation for economic damages, while limiting non-economic damages to a quarter million dollars. In addition, the HEALTH Act protects effective state medical liability reform laws."