Revised Medical Practice Act Offers New, Confidential Option for Disabled Docs

Prior to July 1, 2010, Colorado's Medical Practice Act included within its definition of "Unprofessional Conduct" any physical or mental condition that rendered a physician or physician assistant unable to practice with reasonable skill and safety to patients. As a former attorney for the Colorado Medical Board, this was one of the most troubling aspects of the Medical Practice Act, because doctors who had done nothing wrong were subject to discipline. Often we were put in the position of having...
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Colorado’s Proposed New Rules for Front Range Medical Malpractice and Business Lawsuits

Last week the Colorado Supreme Court held hearings on the proposed "Civil Access Pilot Project" which proposes new, streamlined procedures for two types of lawsuits: 1) medical malpractice actions, and 2) certain types of "business" litigation. If approved by the Supreme Court, the pilot program will apply to cases filed in five Front Range jurisdictions (Jefferson County, Denver, Adams County, Arapahoe County and Boulder County) for two years after the effective date. After that period, pre...
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Colorado Extends Transparency Act To All Licensed Health Care Providers

In 2007, Colorado enacted the Michael Skolnik Transparency Act, which directed Colorado's Department of Regulatory Agencies to create a database of information on physicians. The stated purpose of the Act was to provide transparency to the public regarding the competency of their doctors and to permit Coloradans to make informed health care decisions. The Skolnik Act was one of the first of its kind in the country, and required doctors to make public a broad range of information, including previ...
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