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To address these concerns, policy makers have taken actions at both state and national levels, as reflected by recent tort reform laws passed in Michigan and North Carolina (Letourneau 2013; Donovan 2015) and by the 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) at the federal level.
Legislative party control probably has the most impact on tort reform or civil justice-related issues, as the trial bar has traditionally found more allies among Democrats while Republicans tend to heed the concerns of the business community, but there always are exceptions.
After 10 years, the sides that fought for and against tort reform in Texas are still fighting.
Even though legislation involving tort reform failed to make it out of the General Assembly last month, attorneys are pushing forward with the idea.
The company's attorney filed motions stating the amount needs to be limited due to Ohio's tort reform statutes.
SAN DIEGO - Since the State of Texas implemented medical tort reform in 2003, the number of practicing physicians has increased by 19% per 100,000 population.
SAN DIEGO -- Since the State of Texas implemented medical tort reform in 2003, the number of practicing physicians has increased by 19% per 100,000 population.
Tort reform wouldn't do anything to rein in health care spending, since the actual cost of defending malpractice suits and paying injured victims is less than 0.
Johnson explained on the Senate floor that her about-face was the result of two legal opinions that suggested that "there remains significant questions about the legality" of the Republicans' proposed tort reform amendment.
Since tort reform in Texas, the number of lawsuits and associated costs have decreased, but patient complaints to the state medical board and board investigations of physicians have risen, according to an analysis presented at the meeting.
Texas recently passed tort reform and the number of physicians applying to practice in the state increased by 57 percent.
Recent challenges to tort reform have rocked the underwriting environment for medical professional liability coverage (often called "med mal"), but that's not the only element of change afoot in this dynamic field.