Political Advocacy Articles

Third Quarter 2017, The Doctor's Advocate
Advocacy Update
A snapshot of major legislation and judicial efforts involving medical liability reform in 2017.

Second Quarter 2017, The Doctor's Advocate
Federal Medical Liability Reform: A Historical Perspective
A brief history of medical liability reform in Congress.

Fourth Quarter 2016, The Doctor's Advocate
California Supreme Court Takes a Step to the Left
A recent decision supreme court decision is causing concern for defenders of California’s longstanding tort reforms.

Third Quarter 2016, The Doctor's Advocate, Elizabeth Healy
Judicial Review of Medical Liability Legislation
Once medical liability laws are passed in state legislatures, reforms are inevitably challenged at the judicial level.

Second Quarter 2016, The Doctor's Advocate, Elizabeth Healy
Every Aspect of the Litigation Process Is Subject to Legislative Action
Trial lawyers continually find new and inventive ways to undermine medical liability reforms. The government relations team advocates tirelessly in defense of our members.

First Quarter 2016, The Doctor's Advocate, Elizabeth Healy
The 2016 Election Is in Full Swing
With help from our members, we work to elect candidates who will support and protect medical liability reform.

Fourth Quarter 2015, The Doctor's Advocate, Hal Dasinger
Damage Caps and Equal Protection: Two States, Two Views
Appellate courts in California and Florida recently dealt with constitutional challenges to noneconomic damage limits.

Third Quarter 2015, The Doctor's Advocate, Hal Dasinger
Why Handling Medical Malpractice Like Workers’ Comp Won’t End Lawsuits
Hal Dasinger scrutinizes a proposal aimed at turning medical liability into an administrative process akin to workers’ compensation.

Second Quarter 2015, The Doctor's Advocate, Hal Dasinger
SGR Fix Includes Standard of Care Language
An update on efforts to include language in a federal law to prevent unintended expansion of physician liability. candidates who, if elected, are likely to act in the best interests of our members.

First Quarter 2015, The Doctor's Advocate, Hal Dasinger
2014: Difficult Election Choices and Notable Legislation
A key function of the government relations department is identifying and supporting candidates who, if elected, are likely to act in the best interests of our members.

Fourth Quarter 2014, The Doctor's Advocate, Hal Dasinger
Looking Ahead to 2015: Interstate Licensing
Hal Dasinger outlines model legislation that, if adopted by individual states, would provide expedited licensing for physicians who want to practice in multiple states.

Third Quarter 2014, The Doctor's Advocate, Hal Dasinger
Latest News on Challenges to Caps on Noneconomic Damages
Efforts to support caps on noneconomic damages continue in California, Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas.

Second Quarter 2014, The Doctor's Advocate, Hal Dasinger
MICRA Update
Hal Dasinger discusses a ballot measure that would quadruple the noneconomic damages cap in California, a Florida Supreme Court decision, and Congressional activities.

First Quarter 2014, The Doctor's Advocate, Hal Dasinger
Federal Legislation
Hal Dasinger delivers updates on the federal Standard of Care Protection Act and efforts by California trial lawyers to raise or repeal the MICRA cap.

Fourth Quarter 2013, The Doctor's Advocate, Hal Dasinger
Anti-MICRA Ballot Measure Filed; Oklahoma Special Session
Hal Dasinger reports on ongoing efforts to protect California's Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) and discusses recently enacted Oklahoma laws.

Third Quarter 2013, The Doctor's Advocate, Hal Dasinger
Consumer Attorneys of California Attack MICRA
Hal Dasinger outlines efforts to protect California's Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act and reports on court decisions in Minnesota and Oklahoma.

Second Quarter 2013, The Doctor's Advocate, Hal Dasinger
Oregon Enacts Early Disclosure Law
Oregon has enacted a new law providing for early disclosure and resolution of adverse medical events.

First Quarter 2013, The Doctor's Advocate, Hal Dasinger and Laura A. Kline, CPCU, CIC
Team Effort Leads to Success in Michigan
The Doctors Company worked on behalf of Michigan physicians throughout 2012 to strengthen the state's medical liability statutes.

Fourth Quarter 2012, The Doctor's Advocate, Hal Dasinger
Trial Lawyers Suffer Stunning Defeat
California trial lawyers lost the battle over SB 1528, a bill to increase medical damage awards.

Third Quarter 2012, The Doctor's Advocate, Hal Dasinger
Procedural Trick Presents Advocacy Challenge
Overturning the California Supreme Court's decision in Howell v. Hamilton Meats would mean a windfall for plaintiffs' attorneys.

Second Quarter 2012, The Doctor's Advocate, Hal Dasinger
Supreme Court: PPACA Ruling Expected in June 2012
The Supreme Court's ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will have far-reaching consequences.

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