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A Lack of Medical Liability Reform Hurts Patients

Summary: A poor medical liability environment drives up healthcare costs and creates longer ER wait times. Find out how your state graded in the recent ACEP EM report card.
Air Date: 1/17/14
Duration: 10
Host: Dr. Leigh Vinocur, MD
Guest Bio: Douglas Brosnan, MD, JD
Douglas Brosnan, MD, JD, is Director of Provider Relations for CEP America. He completed his Bachelor of Science with honors at the University of California-Los Angeles. He is a U.C. Hastings-trained attorney and a full-time Emergency Physician at a Level 2 Trauma Center near Sacramento, CA. Dr. Brosnan has prior experience as a legislative analyst; publishes and lectures frequently, and is also an editor for the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine. He is currently on the California Medical Association's (CMA's) board of trustees, serves on CMA's Medi-Cal Technical Advisory Panel and is the Immediate Past President of the Placer-Nevada County Medical Association.
A Lack of Medical Liability Reform Hurts Patients
The American College of Emergency Physicians recently issued a report card on the State of Emergency Medicine in the U.S. The overall grade was a D+.

One major area that was graded was Medical Liability; this category's overall grade was a C-.

Why is this important to know?

A poor medical liability environment drives up healthcare costs and creates longer ER wait times, among other things.

What makes up a poor vs. strong environment? Find out as Dr. Douglas Brosnan joins Dr. Leigh to discuss the recent report card.

Additionally, you can learn how your state graded at www.emreportcard.org.
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