The Doctor’s Advocate | Third Quarter 2021
PREP Act Update
The federal Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act was one of the earliest touted defenses to COVID-19 liability claims. While many believed that the PREP Act might be a “silver bullet” defense against COVID claims, The Doctors Company and like-minded groups decided not to rely solely on the PREP Act as a defense against COVID claims and have continued to fight for specific state-level protections.
As COVID-19 litigation begins to enter the system, early indications suggest that we and our allies were correct: Far from being a remedy, the PREP Act has, to date, been of limited use in defending against COVID-19 claims. A recent Reuters article provides an update.
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Third Quarter 2021
Perspectives from the CMO
Healthcare’s Digital Revolution: Are We Ready to Reimagine the Work?
An Ounce of Prevention
Patient Relations: Anticipate and Address Challenging Situations
Government Relations Report
Preparing for Genomic Medicine: Implications for Medical Practice and Public Policy
PREP Act Update
Latest Foundation News
Continuing Education: Prevention of Diagnostic Error in Primary Care
New Resources Page for Practice Managers
New Emergency Department Closed Claims Study
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