Category Archive: Litigation Reform

Mar 26

ObamaCare: One Step Forward, Two Steps Backward

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By Wayne W. Oliver, Executive Director, Patients for Fair Compensation           Originally published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution on February 5, 2014 I have been rather vocal in my opposition to the Affordable Care Act (or ObamaCare).  There have been too many problems, too many issues and too many unintended consequences. According to a report released …

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Aug 28

Defensive Medicine: More Than Just Another Extra X-Ray

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by Wayne W. Oliver     Originally published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution on June 5, 2013. Defensive medicine occurs when physicians order tests, procedures or consultations of doubtful clinical value in order to protect themselves from costly and frivolous malpractice suits.  Doctors detest the very thought of being sued so they find every means possible to …

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Mar 26

Kicking the Malpractice Tort Out of Court

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End “defensive medicine” by going to a system like workers’ compensation. By Wayne W. Oliver A version of this article appeared March 20, 2013, on page A13 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: Kicking the Malpractice Tort Out of Court. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323869604578366770324716616.html March 23 marks the third anniversary of the …

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Jul 05

ObamaCare: Ready for the Next Stage

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by Wayne W. Oliver – Healthcare Consultant Originally published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution on July 4, 2012 The fate of ObamaCare now moves from the legal and constitutional stage back to the political arena.  As most Americans know by now, Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the more liberal members of the Supreme Court …

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May 23

Toward A Healthier Economy

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by Newt Gingrich and Wayne Oliver Originally published in the Philadelphia Inquirer on April 07, 2009 Civil-justice reform, also known as tort reform, has often been viewed as a battle between the health-care community (physicians and hospitals) and personal-injury lawyers. However, there is another side to tort reform that personal-injury lawyers don’t want to talk …

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May 23

Civil Justice Reform Still Has a Place

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by Newt Gingrich and Wayne Oliver Originally published in Politico.com on October 21, 2009     Also published in The Detroit News As congressional leaders meet behind closed doors to merge a compromise by the Senate, House and White House on a health care reform plan before the holidays, some might believe the task seems monumental. Add …

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May 23

Playing the Odds: Financing Medical Malpractice Claims

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by Wayne Oliver – vice president, Center for Health Transformation Originally published by the Atlanta Journal Constitution on July 6, 2011 Investors are always looking to earn an easy profit, particularly from well-managed companies. But when the profit is from a hedge fund that finances medical malpractice lawsuits aimed at driving doctors out of the profession, …

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May 23

States’ Results Prove the Benefits of Malpractice Reform

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by Newt Gingrich and Wayne Oliver Originally published in the Kansas City Star on September 23, 2009 President Barack Obama has offered a fig leaf to doctors by pledging to consider civil justice reform. He directed Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to look at creating “demonstration projects in individual states to test” civil …

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May 22

Wasteful Diagnostics Making Healthcare Unaffordable

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by Newt Gingrich and Wayne Oliver Originally published by Human Events on February 23, 2010 CT scans. Blood tests. Ultrasounds. Cesarean sections. In many instances, these examples of diagnostic tools and procedures are vital to treat a patient. However, physicians say that too often these tests and procedures are ordered unnecessarily and drive up the …

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May 22

Which is More Important, Your Doctor or a Personal Injury Lawyer?

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By Newt Gingrich and Wayne Oliver Originally published in the Chicago Tribune on December 7, 2008   Efforts to bring sanity to the civil justice system in Illinois are under serious attack. In 2005, the Illinois legislature enacted a progressive law aimed at creating a balance in medical malpractice claims. The law created a cap ($500,000 …

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May 22

Verdict Already in on Medical Liability Reform

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by Newt Gingrich and Wayne Oliver Originally published in The Wichita Eagle on September 19, 2009 In President Obama’s health care speech to Congress last week, he offered a fig leaf to doctors by pledging to consider civil justice reform. He directed Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to look at creating “demonstration projects …

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May 15

The Real Cost of Healthcare

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by Wayne Oliver – Vice President, Center for Health Transformation Originally published by AJC on May 18, 2011 We’ve all seen news reports of escalating healthcare costs and likely felt the implications of those spiraling expenses. Employers are shifting more costs to employees.  Many smaller companies are scaling back health coverage or dropping benefits entirely. …

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