Legislative, Regulatory, and Judicial Advocacy
In today’s healthcare environment, doctors, medical practices, and health systems need an advocate—a resolute voice loud enough to be heard.
The Doctors Company is relentlessly committed to supporting medical liability reform and to safeguarding access to patient care. We defend reforms that are in place, prevent legislation from being enacted that would undermine the defenses of our members, and take opportunities to enact new measures that would limit liability exposure for our members and physicians across the country.
We dedicate ourselves to this calling so doctors can make decisions based on the best outcomes for patients, rather than the ever-present threat of litigation, invasive regulation, or financial loss.
Each issue of the Government Relations Advocacy Update provides insights into legislative and judicial actions that impact medical liability and the practice of medicine. We are committed to providing an enduring national platform for advocacy for the medical profession.
New Mexico Legislative Update
On April 1, 2021, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law House Bill (HB) 75, which makes the most sweeping amendments to the New Mexico Medical Malpractice Act (MMA) since it was enacted in 1976.
The changes made by HB 75 will change the practice of medicine in New Mexico.
COVID-19 Highlights Regulatory Impact on Practice of Medicine
Practically overnight, the practice of medicine was dramatically changed, both by the exigencies imposed by the COVID-19 global pandemic and by the governmental response to the medical crisis.
COVID-19 Healthcare Provider Medical Liability Protection Actions
During the COVID-19 pandemic, The Doctors Company has continued to advocate for comprehensive liability protections across the country for healthcare providers and facilities. Every executive order and every piece of legislation that has been enacted in support of healthcare providers and their patients involved active advocacy efforts by state and national organizations—including medical and specialty societies, hospital associations, and The Doctors Company.
Government Relations Articles
Driving Positive Outcomes in the Professional Liability Advocacy Arena
It is imperative for healthcare practitioners to weigh in on legislative matters involving healthcare provision and access. These expert tips can help you engage with policymakers and communicate effectively.
Second Quarter 2023, The Doctor's Advocate
Third-Party Litigation Funding on the Rise
Third-party litigation funding injects the financial interests of outsiders into litigation, driving up settlement awards and threatening the integrity of the civil justice system.
First Quarter 2023, The Doctor's Advocate
2022 Judicial Review: Significant Court Decisions on Medical Liability Issues
In the past year, a number of state high courts have handed down significant decisions on medical liability issues—including decisions that affect plaintiffs’ tactics and protections for advanced practice clinicians.
Fourth Quarter 2022, The Doctor's Advocate
Contribute to Our Political Action Committees
The Doctors Company’s state and federal political action committees (DOCPACs) support candidates for elected office that favor medical liability reform in their respective states and in Congress. By contributing to a DOCPAC, you can help us in the fight to protect the practice of good medicine.
Protecting Liability Reform
California’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) has served as a model for medical liability reform nationwide. Read our briefing on the history, major provisions, and benefits of MICRA.
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