NY Times – House Provision Offers Doctors More Protection Against Malpractice Suits

Submitted on Fri, 04/10/2015

Here is a link to an interesting New York Times article about a bill passed by the US House of Representatives that would bar the use of certain standards and performance criteria used in Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal health programs such as the Affordable Care Act. I agree with the objective, but for reasons that may not be reflected in the Times article. The problem in using any sort of metrics or standards from a federal program to prove a departure from accepted standards of care in a particular medical malpractice lawsuit is that the standards do not take into consideration the individual patient. No one would want the federal government to step into a medical office and tell a specific physician what he or she must do in a particular situation, especially when the federal government has never met or examined the patient. – Robert I. Miller

House Provision Offers Doctors More Protection Against Malpractice Suits