A roundup of recently introduced bills in the Michigan House and Senate:
Senate Bill 1110 and House Bill 5579: To require gross negligence for suits against emergency room physicians. Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) and Rep. Kenneth Horn (R), respectively, to restrict medical malpractice lawsuits against emergency room physicians to cases of gross negligence.
Senate Bill 1116: To raise medical malpractice burden of proof. Introduced by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R), to establish “the exercise of medical judgment” as a valid defense in medical malpractice cases, defined as a “reasonable and good-faith belief that the person’s conduct is both well founded in medicine and in the best interests of the patient.” This would be a “question of law” for the court to decide.
Senate Bill 1138: To post medical provider complaint statistics online. Introduced by Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D), to require the Department of Community Health to post on the Internet statistics of complaints and disciplinary actions regarding physicians and other health professionals, and require health care facilities to post similar statistical information about their own providers. However, the bill would not require names to be named.
Senate Bill 1139 and House Bill 5741: To ban doctors from banning patient posts of critical information. Introduced by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) and Rep. John Olumba (D), respectively, to prohibit doctors and health care facilities from requiring patients to agree not to post a negative comment online as a condition of receiving medical services.