Doctors’ groups ask super committee to consider medical liability reform

In case the super committee doesn’t already have enough on its plate, the Connecticut State Medical Society and other physician groups are asking the congressional deficit-reduction panel to tackle medical liability reform.

The so-called super committee is charged with finding at least $1.2 trillion in budgetary savings before Thanksgiving. The 12-member panel is looking at possible changes to the tax code, entitlement programs, and spending cuts-with many political observers doubting their ability to come to an agreement on a package.

Health groups have been particularly vocal in pressing the committee to protect certain federal programs and tweak certain federal policies. And today, the American Medical Society sent a letter to the panel asking it to consider tort reform along with everything else.

“Reforming our costly, inefficient, and unfair liability system will save American taxpayers billions of dollars while protecting patient access to care,” the AMA wrote in this letter, which was also signed by a number of state medical groups, including CSMS.