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Recent Reforms Enacted (since 2003) 2008-Pre-trial screening panels in med mal cases were enacted, with panel report admissible in subsequent trial.
Emergency Care Provision None
Reform Elements In Law $250K Cap
Joint Liability
Expert Witness
Excess Premium Fund
Pre-trial Screening Panel
Constitutional Status of Reforms Cap being challenged in Miller v Johnson, decision expected in 2011.  In October 2012, the Kansas Supreme Court issued an opinion in the case, upholding a $250,000 cap on non-economic damages.
Change in Insurance Rates AMA reports at least one insurer raised rates as much as 0 to 25% in 2004.
Insurance Availability Information not available.
Change in Physician Availability Information not available.
Change in Cases Filed/Awards 102 paid claims in 2003 or 16 per 1000 active nonfederal physicians.  US avg. was 18.8 per 1000.  155 paid claims in 2005 or 24.1 per 1000 active nonfederal physicians.  US avg. was 17.1 per 1000. (Kaiser) 131 total number of paid claims for 2006 or 17.4 per 1,000 active, non-federal physicians. 109 paid claims in 2007.
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