Iowa Tort Reform Signed Into Law

From the Iowa Medical Society:

Earlier today, Governor Branstad signed SF 465 – the IMS-crafted tort reform legislation. This legislation marks the culmination of decades of work by countless physicians throughout our state. “Today’s historic achievement is a victory for every physician, resident, and medical student in the state of Iowa. This success would not have been possible without the tireless work of so many individuals to give the house of medicine a strong voice in the legislative process. I am delighted to begin my tenure as President of the Iowa Medical Society with enactment of these sweeping reforms.” said newly-installed IMS President Joyce Vista-Wayne, MD, DFAPA.

SF 465, which will take effect July 1, 2017, enacts the following reforms:

  • A $250,000 Cap on Noneconomic Damages, With Some Exceptions
  • Strengthened Expert Witness Standards
  • A Certificate of Merit in all Medical Liability Suits
  • Expanded Candor Protections


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