August 2003 Bulletin

AAOS medical liability reform legislative activities: A chronology

Medical Liability Reform Campaign

By Kathryn M. Pontzer

The AAOS has played an active role in supporting and shaping federal medical liability reform legislation for the past decade. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Health Coalition on Liability and Access (HCLA) since 1994, and as co-chair of the medical liability reform workgroup of the Alliance of Specialty Medicine, AAOS has been intimately involved in assisting federal legislators in drafting legislation and in enlisting the votes for various bills. Some of its more recent activities are highlighted below.

Kathryn M. Pontzer, JD, is deputy director of the AAOS Washington office.

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