NOTEBOOK: One Good Read - Are malpractice damage caps the right answer?
Monday, April 17, 2017 10:36 AM
Here's an interesting take on the complex issue of medical tort reform from David Lind, who argues that legislation capping non-economic damages to $250,000 will not provide incentives for providers to alter their practices to avoid medical errors in the first place. (Subsequent to the writing of this piece, the House last week passed the bill on a 65-32 vote and it's now on its way to Gov. Terry Branstad's desk.) Lind, whose Heartland Health Research Institute specializes in analyzing health care and insurance data, estimates that some 85,000 patients are harmed in Iowa hospitals annually due to preventable medical errors. Read why capping damages may be just "nibbling at the edges" of the problem. Read more