The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the relationship between medical malpractice liability health care costs. House Judiciary Committee (Chairman Smith, R-Texas) will hold an oversight hearing titled "Medical Liability Reform: Cutting Costs, Spurring Investment, Creating Jobs." Date Thursday, Jan. 20, 10:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Place 2141 Rayburn Bldg. WITNESSES: The two Republican-invited witnesses are: Ardis Hoven, MD, Chair, American Medical Association Board of Trustees. Prior to her election to the AMA-BOT, Dr. Hoven served as a member and chair of the AMA Council on Medical Service. She was a member of the Utilization Review and Accreditation Commission for six years and served on its executive committee. Most recently she was appointed to the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality. Stuart L. Weinstein, MD, a physician spokesperson for the Health Coalition on Liability and Access. Dr. Weinstein is the Ignacio V. Ponseti Chair and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Professor of Pediatrics at The University of Iowa. He is the former chair of Doctors for Medical Liability Reform and has authored numerous writings and made many presentations on this topic. Both Republican witnesses will address all the reasons for medical malpractice reform at the federal level '? specifically examining the positive effects of tort reform in the states that have enacted it, problems with defensive medicine, and doctor shortages in certain medical areas due to high malpractice insurance rates. The Democrat-invited witness is: Joanne Doroshow, Executive Director, Center for Justice & Democracy. Ms. Doroshow is the founder of the Center for Justice & Democracy and co-founder of Americans for Insurance Reform (AIR). An attorney, Ms. Doroshow has worked on lawsuit issues since 1986, when she directed an insurance industry and liability project for Ralph Nader.moreless
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