Authors: Representative Jerry Torr
Co-authors: Representative Ryan Dvorak
Increases the medical malpractice cap from $1,250,000 to $1,650,000 for claims arising after June 30, 2015. Provides that payments from the patient's compensation fund are to be disbursed not later than 60 days after the issuance of a final, nonappealable judgment. Increases pay for medical review panel members from $350 to $500. Increases potential pay for the medical review panel chairperson from $2,000 to $2,500. Increases the maximum potential liability of a qualified health care provider for an occurrence of malpractice from $250,000 to: (1) $300,000; or (2) $400,000 if the action against the health care provider results in a final judgment in favor of the plaintiff. Eliminates provisions under which the liability of a qualified health care provider or the qualified health care provider's insurer could be discharged through a periodic payments agreement under which the cost borne by the qualified health care provider or the qualified health care provider's insurer (consisting of the present payment and the cost of future payments) could be less than the cost of discharging the liability solely through an immediate payment.