Posted April 13, 2019 14:10:03The Massachusetts Medical Association, the state’s largest hospital association, announced it would be setting up a $1.3 million program to help patients with medical malprophylaxis, which includes a claim that doctors’ negligence contributed to their injury or death.
The group’s president, John J. Schmitt, said he believes it will help patients recover and avoid unnecessary litigation.
“This will help to reduce the likelihood of a medical malprofessional lawsuit against a patient, which in turn will reduce the costs and the burden on the hospitals,” he said.
Massachusetts has a number of other malpractice lawsuits pending, including those of Dr. John Sacco and Dr. Edward Kastner, both of whom have received $1 billion settlements over malpractice claims stemming from botched surgeries.
Schmitt said he thinks that the medical malprices will help the public get the word out about the malpractice insurance program, which he said will be ready for its public launch this fall.
Schripp said he is also hopeful that it will bring greater transparency and accountability to hospitals.
“I am very excited that we will be able to provide patients with a voice, and hopefully bring accountability to the hospitals as well,” he told reporters on Tuesday.
The state’s Medical Practice Reform Act was signed into law in 2010.
The Medical Association is working to create a $2 billion fund to help medical malpractices pay their attorneys, a goal Schmitt said is “very ambitious.”
He said that the group is hoping that it can raise $250 million from the private sector and $250,000 from individuals.
Charlie Baker has promised to implement the reforms in the coming months.
The law requires hospitals to create an independent review board that will oversee the hospital’s malpractice policies, which are based on the standards of evidence, law and medical care.
Mass General is one of several hospitals in Massachusetts that have implemented the reform.