There is wide agreement that the medical malpractice system is dysfunctional, though political interest groups continue to clash about how to reform it. Even as battles over traditional reforms like damages caps persist, scholars and a handful of forward-thinking hospitals and liability insurers have moved forward with research and experimentation with innovative new approaches. This lecture will explore the case for a new direction in medical liability reform and highlight strategies that put patients first while enabling healthcare providers to avoid protracted, expensive legal battles. Approaches such as communication-and-resolution programs, judge-directed negotiation programs, and “safe harbors” for complying with practice guidelines, along-side stronger professional regulation of provider quality, can help shift the debate towards a new paradigm of accountability for safe care.
After Prof. Mello’s talk, commentator Prof. Jon Christianson, PhD, from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, Division of Health Policy & Management, presented a short commentary. A moderated Q&A session followed.
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Stanford Law and Medical School
Johnson Great Room, McNamara Alumni Center
Jon B. Christianson, PhD
University of Minnesota
School of Public Health
Division of Health Policy & Management
1.5 standard CLE credits are approved. Event ID: 197531. CME credits have been approved.
All participating faculty, course directors, and planning committee members are required to disclose to the program audience any financial relationships related to the subject matter of this program. Disclosure information is reviewed in advance in order to manage and resolve any possible conflicts of interest.
Support for the series comes from the law firm of Stinson Leonard Street and the Deinard family.
The Deinard Memorial Lecture on Law & Medicine is co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota's Joint Degree Program in Law, Science & Technology and the Center for Bioethics.