Washington, DC—The American Association for Justice (AAJ) submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in opposition to the proposed rulemaking on future medical requirements in the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) system. MSP is a process to ensure Medicare is reimbursed for medical bills that are the responsibility of another party – such as an insurer or negligent party.FULL ARTICLE
Mary Alice McLarty was elected as the new president of AAJ at the annual convention in Chicago. In addition to McLarty, AAJ’s new set of officers includes President-Elect J. Burton LeBlanc, Vice-President Lisa Blue Baron, Secretary Larry A. Tawwater, Treasurer Julie Braman Kane and Parliamentarian Laird M. Ozmon.
Watch McLarty’s address to AAJ membership below, and read the full press release here.
Those who attack the civil justice system in the name of so-called “tort reform” frequently don’t bother with facts.
That has been proven again by the Wall Street Journal in an editorial on gas can litigation. Had the Journal’s editorial writers done a little bit of homework before making their argument that a manufacturer of gas cans was being picked on by lawyers, they would have learned about the 50-cent fix that could have saved thousands from serious burns and death.FULL ARTICLE
As plaintiff lawyers gather in Chicago for their annual convention, there will be a lot more of them than usual. Attendance numbers for the American Association of Justice convention are up significantly, the highest in five years.
This comes on the heels of AAJ’s winter meeting in Miami in 2011 which set a record for the best-attended winter meeting ever.
Why so much growth? CEO Linda Lipsen says the numbers partly reflect AAJ’s progress on a host of issues.FULL ARTICLE
Before the ink was even dry on the Supreme Court ruling in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) case, numerous Members of Congress argued repeatedly and publicly to repeal and replace the ACA with a federal medical malpractice proposal that relies on the Commerce Clause for constitutional authority. This legislation would decimate the legal rights of patients injured by negligence, nursing home abuse, or defective drugs and devices and eliminate any incentive improve patient safety.FULL ARTICLE
Texas is continually touted as the poster child of how to lower health care cost: enact laws that limit patients’ rights to hold negligent care providers accountable. Study after study continues to show not only have costs not declined, but the quality of health care in Texas was ranked the lowest in the country by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).FULL ARTICLE