On May 31st, 2009 a new Colorado state law goes into effect, the Michael Skolnik Medical Transparency Act, reports The Gazette in Colorado Springs. This new law requires that physicians complete a physician profile which includes any malpractice actions, certain business dealings, disciplinary actions and crimes on a searchable database provided to medical consumers and patients by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies.
The law was spearheaded by Patty Skolnik whose 22-year-old son suffered brain damage and paralysis after a botched and unnecessary brain surgery. He died 32 months after the surgery. Skolnik made this bill her crusade after she realized that the physician who operated on her son had bounced from state-to-state because of a pattern of medical malpractice. Had she known about his track record, she would have chosen a different physician for her son.
The Colorado Medical Society supports this new law and helped craft the final version of it.
Some physicians are concerned about profiles which list medical malpractice suits. They say that sometimes they settle suits as a business decision instead of going through a lengthy malpractice trial.
Skolnik’s goal with this law is to “empower consumers,” not to punish doctors.
Colorado joins 21 states and Washington D.C. to have a transparency laws.
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