State medical liability reform (MLR) is essential to fix a broken liability system, ensuring that patients do not lose access to physicians and a full range of health care services. Together with state and specialty medical associations and other stakeholders, the AMA is pursuing both traditional and innovative medical liability reforms at the state level. 

Medical Liability Reform NOW!

The AMA is fully committed to advocating for proven medical liability reforms, such as the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA). However, states should also evaluate and implement innovative reforms to see which can improve the nation’s medical liability climate. These ideas can complement proven reforms, such as caps on non-economic damages. They may also improve the liability climate in states unable to enact traditional liability reforms for political or judicial reasons.

Physicians and other advocates can draw on campaign materials including summaries of state liability reform laws, issue briefs and model state legislation in pursuing a proactive medical liability reform legislative agenda.

Issue briefs

Draw on issue briefs and other resources for background on major topics related to medical liability reform.

Early Disclosure and Compensation Programs

Standard of Care Protection Act

Liability Safe Harbors for the Practice of Evidence-Based Medicine

Constitutional Challenges to State Caps on Noneconomic Damages

Model legislation

Those looking to enact liability reforms in their state can use the following model bills as a starting point in the law-making process.

Limitation on Noneconomic Damages in Medical Liability Cases

Regulation of Contingency Fees Paid by Medical Injury Claimants

Collateral Source Payments in Medical Liability Cases

Limitations in Medical Injury Cases

Periodic Payments of Awards for Future Damages

Regulation of Expert Witnesses in Medical Injury Actions

To Foster Open Communication Between Health Care Providers and Patients After Unanticipated Health Care Outcomes

To Require an Affidavit of Merit in Actions Against Health Care Providers for Damages When Rendering or Failing to Render Health Care Services

Model Bill Civil Liability During Disasters

Model Bill to Provide Coverage for Volunteer Physicians

Other resources

Liability laws vary from state to state. Learn about state medical liability laws in your state and across the country.

State Laws Chart I: Liability Reforms

State Laws Chart II: Liability Reforms

Caps on Damages

Licensing Provisions and Liability Laws for Senior and Volunteer Physicians

Contact information

Kim Horvath

State medical liability reform (MLR) is essential to fix a broken liability system, ensuring that patients do not lose access to physicians and a full range of health care services. Together with state and specialty medical associations and other stakeholders, the AMA is pursuing both traditional and innovative medical liability reforms at the state level. 

Medical Liability Reform NOW!

The AMA is fully committed to advocating for proven medical liability reforms, such as the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA). However, states should also evaluate and implement innovative reforms to see which can improve the nation’s medical liability climate. These ideas can complement proven reforms, such as caps on non-economic damages. They may also improve the liability climate in states unable to enact traditional liability reforms for political or judicial reasons.

Physicians and other advocates can draw on campaign materials including summaries of state liability reform laws, issue briefs and model state legislation in pursuing a proactive medical liability reform legislative agenda.

Issue briefs

Draw on issue briefs and other resources for background on major topics related to medical liability reform.

Early Disclosure and Compensation Programs

Standard of Care Protection Act

Liability Safe Harbors for the Practice of Evidence-Based Medicine

Constitutional Challenges to State Caps on Noneconomic Damages

Model legislation

Those looking to enact liability reforms in their state can use the following model bills as a starting point in the law-making process.

Limitation on Noneconomic Damages in Medical Liability Cases

Regulation of Contingency Fees Paid by Medical Injury Claimants

Collateral Source Payments in Medical Liability Cases

Limitations in Medical Injury Cases

Periodic Payments of Awards for Future Damages

Regulation of Expert Witnesses in Medical Injury Actions

To Foster Open Communication Between Health Care Providers and Patients After Unanticipated Health Care Outcomes

To Require an Affidavit of Merit in Actions Against Health Care Providers for Damages When Rendering or Failing to Render Health Care Services

Model Bill Civil Liability During Disasters

Model Bill to Provide Coverage for Volunteer Physicians

Other resources

Liability laws vary from state to state. Learn about state medical liability laws in your state and across the country.

State Laws Chart I: Liability Reforms

State Laws Chart II: Liability Reforms

Caps on Damages

Licensing Provisions and Liability Laws for Senior and Volunteer Physicians

Contact information

Kim Horvath

AMA medical liability reform efforts

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For more information and resources on state medical liability reform

Kim Horvath

Senior Legislative Attorney

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