Kentucky Lawmakers Urged To Take Up Medical Malpractice Issue

Jan 24, 2014

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Kentucky lawmakers are being urged by a coalition of powerful health care and business groups to revamp the state's medical malpractice system. 

The new group, called the Care First Kentucky Coalition, is pushing for legislation to create medical review panels, which the coalition sees as a deterrent against meritless malpractice lawsuits. Coalition members include the Kentucky Medical Association and Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer says that overhauling the medical malpractice system is a key issue for Senate Republicans in the legislative session.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he would be open to considering review panels for malpractice lawsuits against nursing homes. But Stumbo says the panels' findings should not be admissible at trial. He says panel members could testify because they would be subject to cross-examination.