Medical Liability Reform

The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee voted to approve the following health policy bills on January 18, 2017:

  • H.R. 2026, the Pharmaceutical Information Exchange (PIE) Act. This bill would create a safe harbor that would allow drug and medical device companies to share certain health care economic or scientific information with payers, formularies, and

The House Judiciary Committee has approved HR 1215, the “Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017.” The bill includes a variety of medical liability reforms, including a $250,000 cap on noneconomic damages, limits on contingency fees, and allocation of damages in direct proportion to fault. The provisions would apply only to claims concerning the

Early in the new Congress, the House of Representatives has approved, without objection, the following bipartisan public health bills:

  • H.R. 309, the National Clinical Care Commission Act, to establish a National Clinical Care Commission to improve coordination of federal programs that support care for people with metabolic syndromes and related autoimmune disorders.
  • H.R. 315, the

The House Budget Committee has approved the budget resolution providing instructions to Congressional committees on the federal spending framework for FY 2017. The resolution calls for the adoption of major reforms to the Medicare program that would cut spending by $449 billion over 10 years, while Medicaid and other health care spending would be reduced

Congressional committees have held hearings recently on various health policy issues, including:

  • Energy and Commerce Committee hearings on CMS implementation of the Medicare physician fee schedule reform provisions included in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), financing and delivery of long-term care, and the public health response to the Zika virus.
  • A Ways

On May 10, 2012, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 5652, the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012, on a largely party-line vote. The legislation would replace certain across-the-board cuts to defense and domestic spending scheduled to begin in 2013 under last year’s Budget Control Act with a new package of domestic spending reductions made

On March 22, 2012, the House approved by a 223-181 vote H.R. 5, the “Protecting Access to Healthcare Act,” which would repeal the ACA’s controversial Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), paid for with medical liability reforms.  IPAB is charged with submitting detailed proposals to Congress and the President to reduce Medicare per-capita spending if

On February 15, 2011, the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee approved a number of health policy bills, including H.R. 358 (relating to coverage of abortion services under the ACA); H.R. 528, the Neglected Infections of Impoverished Americans Act of 2011 (requiring the HHS Secretary to study the epidemiology and impact of neglected parasitic infectious

The new 112th Congress has already held a number of hearings on health policy issues and other policy areas that also can impact the health industry. For instance, with regard to health reform, the House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on the “Health Care Law’s Impact on Jobs, Employers, and the Economy.” 

To follow up on President Obama’s pledge during his joint session of Congress on health reform, the White House has announced a $25 million HHS demonstration project designed to help states and health care systems improve patient safety and the management of medical liability claims. The three-part initiative will support: (1) competitive grants to states