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Oct 17, 2011
Washington, D.C. - The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) issued the following statement after cosigning a coalition letter circulated by the American Medical Association (AMA) calling on Congress to include medical liability reforms in its spending cut bill this fall.“The issue of tort reform is of vital concern to our membership,” said AAPI president Dr. Sunita Kanumury. “It is a pressing matter that must absolutely be addressed because it directly impacts the way doctors practice medicine and the rising costs of health care in the United States. We are pleased to partner with the AMA on this initiative and hope that Congress will definitively address medical liability reform as part of an overall spending cut package at the end of the year,” said Kanumury.The coalition letter was signed by AAPI and 54 medical associations along with 45 state medical associations. It asks the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to consider several liability reforms in its spending cut bill, including caps on non-economic damages similar to California and Texas.“Placing caps on non-economic damages in states that have adopted tort reform has had a meaningful impact for physicians and health care costs,” said Dr. Vijaya Appareddy, chair of AAPI’s legislative committee. “We need to get medical liability insurance premiums down, and the only way to do that is reduce the number of baseless lawsuits filed against doctors. Congress passing medical liability reform is the right thing to do,” said Appareddy.Click Here to view the letter in its entiretyJoin AAPI for its Fall Legislative Day where this issue and others will be discussed such as fixing the Medicare SGR and increasing residency slots. The conference and Embassy of India dinner is onMonday, October 24 - the full agenda and speakers can be seen on the AAPI website, with spaces available on a first come, first serve basis:RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, cell, and state. Please state if you will be attending the Embassy Dinner.