As reported in reported in the Lebanon Daily News, a bill by State Senator Mike Folmer to eliminate the requirement for medical malpractice and self-insurers to file annual reports with the Pennsylvania Insurance Department passed the full Senate this week and is now going to the House.

Currently, under the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (MCARE) Act, every year, each medical malpractice liability carrier and self-insured healthcare provider, must submit a report to the state disclosing each and every medical malpractice claim submitted; whether money was paid on the claim and, if so, how much; and whether the claim was disposed of by way of settlement, court judgment or otherwise.  The pending Bill would eliminate this reporting requirement.  According to a news release from Senator Folmer’s office, industry experts state that the reports are not read nor used for any purpose.

Michael Ksiazek is a member of Stark & Stark’s Yardley, PA office, concentrating in Accident & Personal Injury Law. For more information, please contact Mr. Ksiazek.