Health Reform Poses Few New Litigation Risks, GAO Finds

Law360, New York (March 27, 2012, 8:27 PM EDT) -- Medical providers face only a small risk of increased litigation related to new performance measures and reporting guidelines under the federal government’s sweeping health care overhaul, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday.

The 21-page report looked at various “quality enhancement provisions” called for in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. They include incentive payments for hospitals that report patient outcomes, reduced payments to providers that decline to report, and a flexible reimbursement rate for physicians based on the quality and cost...
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