Affordable Care Act Tops Agenda at Western Region Legal Summit

Napa, California—July 18, 2013—The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was among the timely topics that were discussed at a legal summit hosted July 12 to 13 in Napa, California, by The Doctors Company, the nation’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer.

Now in its eighth year, Legal Summit West was a premiere gathering of over 100 of the region’s most experienced legal teams and malpractice insurance industry experts. Attorneys representing California, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Nebraska attended. In addition to PPACA, other topics included trial presentation and demonstrative exhibits, the doctor-defense response to the plaintiffs’ so-called “Reptile” case presentation, and an update on Medicare trends.

The summit was the first of two regional meetings organized by The Doctors Company in 2013. The Northeast Legal Summit will be held September 27 to 28 outside of Chicago in conjunction with the Northeast Regional Claims meeting.

“Our mission is to advance, protect, and reward the practice of good medicine,” said David McHale, senior vice president and general counsel at The Doctors Company. “Our Legal Summits demonstrate this commitment to protect our members by providing them with a comprehensive defense that takes advantage of our understanding of issues both at a local and national level. It’s a perspective that belongs only to The Doctors Company.”

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