Is the Trial Lawyer Lobby on Life Support?
Now called The American Association for Justice (AAJ), The Trial Lawyers Association’s membership is dwindling just as it gears up to fight any gesture by President Obama to address malpractice reform.
* Put patient safety first
* Work to reduce preventable injuries
* Foster better communication between doctors and patients
* Ensure that patients are fairly and quickly compensated for medical injuries
* Reduce the incidence of frivolous lawsuits
* Reduce medical liability insurance premiums
According to Pho, the grants to fund his proposed awards in selected states will involve a “competitive three-pronged initiative” with these components:
* Grants for up to $3 million for three years to states and
health systems to implement and evaluate evidence-based patient safety and
medical liability demonstrations
* One-year grants of up to $300,000 to states or health systems to help the planning process of implementing such programs
* A review of existing initiatives that improve healthcare quality and patient safety and decrease medical liability. This report will be issued in December 2009
Even in its infancy, the Trial Bar is rallying its dwindling troops to block reforms in its broadest and most feel-good sense. Check out Dr. Pho’s blog to learn more about what the Trial Lawyers are fighting against: http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2009/09/medical-malpractice-reform-president-obama-white-house.html.