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Physician apology laws and hospital disclosure programs pave the way for better risk management

In last month's CPRLI, we reported that physicians who say "I'm sorry" to patients after an adverse medical event may risk having that apology used against them as an admission of guilt if a plaintiff brings a malpractice claim to trial. However, this anti-apology culture is changing to one that embraces full disclosure. ­Massachusetts and ­Pennsylvania are currently considering physician apology laws, and Michigan just passed Senate Bill 53, now known as the "I'm sorry law," in April.

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