Tribunal system works in Massachusetts

By Marylou Foley, RN, MS

An effective approach to decreasing frivolous lawsuits

The Massachusetts Medical Malpractice Tribunal (MMT) system attempts to screen out nonmeritorious lawsuits and reduce the number of frivolous medical malpractice cases. Instituted in the mid-1970s when medical professional liability (MPL) insurance premiums rose dramatically and MPL carriers began leaving the state, the MMT’s goal is to decrease the number of frivolous claims being brought against physicians and other healthcare providers.

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