’I’m Sorry’ Legislation Not Showing Anticipated Results

Healthcare Risk Management

In an article published by Healthcare Risk Management on August 1, 2019, Carol Michel is quoted discussing the “I’m Sorry” movement and how it may not be lowering the risk of malpractice claims. 

The movement is intended to reduce potential lawsuits by encouraging doctors to show remorse after their patients go through traumatic events. This gained momentum as a result of patients suing their doctors for not caring about what adverse events happened to them. 

“States passed laws prohibiting those conversations from being used against physicians in court, but they were not intended to inhibit any reasonable claims of malpractice. The laws have been successful if they allowed physicians to hold the candid conversations they wanted but feared,” Michel explains. 

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