This policy brief addresses the issues raised by the convergence of medical error reporting and the fear of medical malpractice litigation. It discusses how states protect data with the intention of increasing the compliance level of reporting, examines a sample state protection statute, and explores recent proposals for alternatives that would address the reluctance of many providers to report for fear of possible malpractice litigation.
Possible Connections Between Mandatory Reporting and Malpractice Litigation.
State Strategies to Protect Data and Increase Reporting.
Including Comprehensive Protection of Data as an Integral part of the System-Authorizing Statutes.
Appendix A: Selected State Tort Reform Measures.
Appendix B: Recent State Malpractice Legislative Activity re: Tort Reform (1999-2003)