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.

Track Legislation in Your State

More than 150,000 bills are introduced each year in state and federal legislatures. We continually monitor legislation that impacts our members and advocate on your behalf. See legislative activity in your state.

Advocacy Updates

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Government Relations Articles

Advocating for a Medical Profession Under Attack
During the first half of 2021, we witnessed a tsunami of legislation and court cases attacking the practice of medicine and medical liability reforms. Too many of these attacks were successful.
Second Quarter 2021, The Doctor's Advocate

PREP Act Liability Protections for COVID-19: Countermeasures and Vaccine Administration
Since March 2020, the government has issued an advisory opinion and multiple amendments clarifying the PREP Act’s limited liability umbrella as it relates to COVID-19. Clarifications include telehealth and immunity for providers who administer the vaccine.
First Quarter 2021, The Doctor's Advocate

2020 Judicial Review
In 2020, state supreme courts have expanded liability for healthcare providers in several states across the nation.
Fourth Quarter 2020, The Doctor's Advocate

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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.

MICRA Alert

Protect healthcare cost and access for all: Oppose the so-called “Fairness for Injured Patients Act”

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