Health Law Section

This section works to further the knowledge of its members in federal, state and local health care law. The section also sponsors the nationally known annual Health Law Forum, as well as the primer course for attorneys new to the health law practice.

Bass Berry & Sims PLC
150 3rd Ave S #2800
Nashville, TN 37201
Immediate Past Chair
Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis...
1715 Aaron Brenner Dr Ste 300
Memphis, TN 38120
Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel P....
605 Chestnut Street, Suite 1700
Chattanooga, TN 37450

Legislation Would End All Medical Malpractice Suits

The Georgia-based nonprofit advocacy group Patients for Fair Compensation again this year plans to seek legislation that would ban all malpractice suits in the state, the Nashville Post reports. The group’s proposal will be introduced by Sen. Jack Johnson and Rep. Glen Casada, both Republicans from Franklin. The proposed plan would create a patients’ compensation system funded by annual fees charged to doctors. Instead of filing a lawsuit, an aggrieved patient would apply for compensation to an administrative law judge who would assess the claim. The bill, which surfaced last year for the first time, is opposed by a number of legislators and the Tennessee Medical Association.

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Jury: TennCare Provider Violated Dental Company’s Rights

A Nashville jury has unanimously found that DentaQuest, the insurance company administering TennCare’s dental program, violated the First Amendment rights of Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates when it excluded the company from the state Medicaid network. Lawyers for Snodgrass-King argued that the company was discriminated against based on a speech delivered by one of its dentists, who had been critical of DentaQuest’s administration of the program. The jury awarded Snodgrass-King $7.4 million in compensatory damages and $14.8 million in punitive damages. DentaQuest said it would seek further legal review of the jury’s decision. The Nashville Post has more on the case.

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