Members of the Colorado General Assembly and physicians met on Jan. 30 to discuss the anticipated efforts by lawyers that sue physicians to expand the value of a lawsuit by increasing the non-economic damage cap and changing some of the protections relating to the body of law governing professional review.
Kupersmit Research presented preliminary findings from a CMS all-member survey demonstrating that physicians strongly support protecting the confidentiality of professional review and maintaining the non-economic damage cap at its current level. The all-member survey is still in the field; CMS encourages all members to complete it if you have not yet done so. Please look for an email from CMS President Deb Parsons, MD, FACP. We will publish complete results soon.
The convening was held at the History Colorado Center in downtown Denver and was hosted by Colorado Medical Society, Denver Medical Society, Arapahoe-Douglas Elbert Medical Society, Aurora-Adams Medical Society and Foothills Medical Society.
Attendees were welcomed by Senate President Leroy Garcia (D-Pueblo) and, following Kupersmit's presentation, broke into small groups to discuss.
“I heard many compliments from physicians, executives and legislators about the value of the night and how well organized the event was,” Parsons said. “Everyone loved being ‘up close and personal’ at the table discussions and benefited from good mingling opportunities. Many stayed after the event concluded to finish their conversations!”