Wis. Gov. Inks Bill Shifting Docs' Treatment Advice Duty

Law360, New York (December 16, 2013, 5:02 PM EST) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Friday signed a bill that clarifies the obligation of doctors to inform patients about alternate treatments available for their afflictions, in response to a ruling from Wisconsin's Supreme Court that potentially opened the door for more civil litigation against doctors.

The bill shifts the threshold for informing patients about alternate treatment methods from a “reasonable patient” standard to a “reasonable physician” standard, requiring a doctor to disclose only information that a reasonable physician in the same medical specialty would disclose under...
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