“Research shows that emergency physicians often apply different standards than what they would do for themselves, out of fear of being sued,” said Dr. Rosenau. “For example, a physician might—through an abundance of caution—admit a patient to the hospital. But this can be costly. Health care reform is incomplete without meaningful liability reform, given the standard of care for that injury or illness has been followed. If the federal government is going to require these services to be performed on our behalf, then it’s only right that they assume the liability for that care as well.”
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scored the legislation at $0—no direct impact on federal spending—when this legislation (H.R. 157 in the 112th Congress) was approved by the House (H.Amdt.989) by voice vote as an amendment to H.R. 5 on March 22, 2012.
Laura Gore is director of public relations at ACEP.