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The Flaws in State 'Apology' and 'Disclosure' Laws Dilute Their Intended Impact on Malpractice Suits


Anna C. Mastroianni


University of Washington - School of Law

Michelle M. Mello


Harvard University - Department of Health Policy & Management; Harvard University - Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics

Shannon Sommer


University of Washington

Mary Hardy


University of Washington

Thomas H. Gallagher


University of Washington

September 1, 2010

Health Affairs, Vol. 29, No. 9, 2010

Abstract:     
This article describes laws in 34 states and the District of Columbia that protect statements of apology from being used in personal injury or medical malpractice litigation, as well as laws in 9 states that require health care institutions to disclose to patients or families when an unanticipated adverse outcome of care occurs. Our analysis suggests that most laws have major shortcomings that may actually discourage full disclosures and apologies and may result in incomplete protection for health care providers who offer apologies. We suggest "best practices" for statutory design. A PDF of the article can be obtained from the authors.

Keywords: Malpractice, Medical, Liability, Apology, Disclosure

JEL Classification: I10, K13

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Date posted: September 10, 2010  

Suggested Citation

Mastroianni, Anna C. and Mello, Michelle M. and Sommer, Shannon and Hardy, Mary and Gallagher, Thomas H., The Flaws in State 'Apology' and 'Disclosure' Laws Dilute Their Intended Impact on Malpractice Suits (September 1, 2010). Health Affairs, Vol. 29, No. 9, 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1674928

Contact Information

Anna C. Mastroianni
University of Washington - School of Law ( email )
William H. Gates Hall
Box 353020
Seattle, WA 98105-3020
United States

Michelle M. Mello (Contact Author)
Harvard University - Department of Health Policy & Management ( email )
677 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
United States
617-432-0217 (Phone)
617-432-4494 (Fax)
Harvard University - Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics ( email )
124 Mount Auburn Street
Suite 520N
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Shannon Sommer
University of Washington ( email )
NE Colombia Rd.
Seattle, WA 98195
United States
Mary Hardy
University of Washington ( email )
NE Colombia Rd.
Seattle, WA 98195
United States
Thomas H. Gallagher
University of Washington ( email )
NE Colombia Rd.
Seattle, WA 98195
United States
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