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Lawmakers Hear Proposal to Create Medical Review Panels in Nursing Home Malpractice Cases

A new legislative proposal would set up a medical review panel in cases of malpractice or abuses in Kentucky nursing homes.

The House Health and Welfare Committee heard the proposal, which advocates say would help cut down on frivolous malpractice lawsuits that are routinely filed against nursing homes.

The panel would include three doctors, selected by both sides in a lawsuit, to review the medical issues in a case. It would not limit the ability to sue and the panel’s recommendations would be usable in court, says state representative Tommy Thompson.

“And I think finally this is the most important comment Mr. Chairman, is the bill would initiative some common sense reforms that would help put an end to the culture of litigation that is permeating the long term care industry today,” he said.

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It seems Kentucky has a problem with its nursing homes. On this week’s State of the News we’ll start the show by talking with Valarie Honeycutt Spears of the Lexington Herald Leader about her ongoing reporting on this topic. Next it’s on to the western part of the state for a report on the Olmsted Locks project. We’ll finish up the hour with a look at what’s going on in the Metro. Join us tomorrow for this week’s State of the News.

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