Tort reform in Iowa is at a standstill. For years, the leadership of the Iowa Orthopaedic Society actively campaigned at the state level for tort reform, but there were never enough votes in the Senate for it to pass. For our efforts to be successful, we will need a state legislature that is more in tune with this agenda. Iowa has no caps on noneconomic damages or any other measures that would assist in lowering healthcare costs in the state. We are hopeful that the legislative climate will change and that effective tort reform legislation will be enacted in the future. But for now, we wait.
Mary A. Bechler, FACMPE; Iowa Orthopaedic Society
Executive director on the street
What’s the status of tort reform in your state? Are other issues related to healthcare reform significantly affecting your members?
State orthopaedic society executive directors recently attended the AAOS-sponsored Executive Directors’ Institute to discuss important issues affecting their members and ways to collaborate with the Academy. AAOS Now talked to executive directors from Massachusetts, Tennessee, California, and Iowa about issues in their states.