Venue Report ** False Claims ** Risperdal Update
Committee Scheduled to Release Venue Impact Report
Jackpot seeking attorneys filing medical liability cases in courts known for high verdicts and often far away from where the injury occurred, create higher health care costs and less access to care. That is precisely the situation Pennsylvania faces should the medical liability venue rule be rolled back to once again allow venue shopping. PCCJR recently wrote about the threat in an opinion editorial that ran in PennLive.com and LehighValleyLive.com.
The Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) on Monday, February 3, will issue its findings on what a medical liability venue rule change could mean for the state. Many of our stakeholders testified at the LBFC’s hearing last June with a clear warning to expect substantial premium increases should venue shopping return. PCCJR will update you as soon as the report is released.
False Claims Proposal Will Hurt Business and Health Care
Business groups, health care providers, and PCCJR issued warnings this month that a component of a multi-bill legislative package intended to reduce Medicaid Fraud might sound good but stands to benefit trial lawyers more than taxpayers.
“The General Assembly needs to fully understand the impact of passing a state-based False Claims Act before it is seduced by the siren song of enhanced recovery money for Medicaid fraud and non-fraudulent claims,” said Curt Schroder, PCCJR’s executive director. “Simply put, Pennsylvania will recover less money under a state False Claims Act than it would if it continues to allow cases to be brought under the federal False Claims Statute.” [Read more…] about PCCJR Update — January 31, 2020