Are voluntary medical courts a step in the right direction?

Apr 8, 2010, 1:33 AM, Posted by RWJF Blog Team

With the passage of the health care reform bill, it looks like health courts may finally be closer to becoming a reality. But as Harvard Professor Dr. Michelle Mello points out in a recent post on the AMN Healthcare blog, there are still lingering concerns about how these courts will be implemented.  

Through her work at the Harvard School of Public Health, and together with leaders at Common Good, Mello is at the forefront of the health court movement. Despite being initially optimistic about health courts being included in the initial drafts of legislation, she is concerned the final bill creates a voluntary court that has limited adjudication powers. As the AMN post points out, “the current system would remain in place as a backstop to (a) voluntary health court.”

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Pioneering Ideas blog.