This paper describes Massachusetts’ existing medical liability system, including how it has failed to achieve its social objectives, the impact of the system on health care costs, and recent efforts towards reform. It presents policy options for medical liability reform. It examines both traditional and nontraditional avenues of reform along with strategies for advancing medical liability reform in Massachusetts.
About John Biebelhausen
John Biebelhausen is a resident physician in the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program at University of Colorado Denver. He received his combined MD/MBA in Healthcare Management from Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Biebelhausen plans to pursue a career in hospital medicine and has a particular interest in hospital management and health policy. He formerly served as a representative on the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Committee on Legislation, and has produced a number of publications for the MMS, in conjunction with Pioneer Senior Fellow Amy Lischko, on topics such as health care expenditures and cost drivers.