May 9—Georgia lawmakers have enacted a first-of-its-kind State Physician Shield Act, which provides legal protections for physicians engaged in quality and delivery improvement initiatives included in the federal healthcare reform law.

The shield act is based on model legislation developed by the American Medical Association (AMA) Advocacy Resource Center to make it clear that federal standards or guidelines designed to enhance access to high-quality health care cannot be used to invent new legal actions against physicians.

The action protects against medical liability abuse and helps avert more civil actions against physicians, which would increase medical liability insurance premiums and reduce access to health care for Georgia’s patients, according to an AMA statement.

Publication Date: Thursday, May 09, 2013