Our Priority: Promote Medical Liability Reform
Why the Issue Matters
Medical liability in the United States is criticized as being costly, inefficient and inconsistent. This broken system is failing both doctors and patients alike. For more than 40 years, numerous reform efforts have failed to pass legislation that contains costs, stabilizes liability insurance premiums, and promotes patient safety. Like all other medical and surgical physicians, urologists are occasionally confronted with the unpleasant realization that they are being sued for medical malpractice. These suits are generated through any number of acts during untold circumstances. As a result, a number of alternative reform propositions, very different from traditional tort reform, are currently being considered for health system implementation in state and federal legislation.
The COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to exacerbate this situation. As healthcare professionals and facilities are putting themselves at risk each day while facing workforce shortages, inadequate safety supplies, and insufficient information or changing guidance from federal, state, and local government officials. At the same time, they are threatened with future lawsuits based on circumstances that were beyond their control.
What the AUA is Doing
The AUA are members of the Health Coalition on Liability and Access (HCLA), which is a national advocacy coalition working to enact medical liability reform at the federal level to help reduce health care costs for all Americans and to ensure patient access to quality medical care.
The Accessible Care by Curbing Excessive Lawsuits (ACCESS) Act (H.R. 3656), introduced by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC-08), would support meaningful medical liability reform that reduces growth in healthcare costs, stabilizes professional liability insurance premiums, preserves access to specialty care, and encourages physician engagement in meaningful quality improvement.
Read more on this bill.