An Agreement to Modernize MICRA

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Sustaining MICRA in 2022

Dear LACMA Members:

CMA and the coalition of healthcare providers have agreed to maintain the structure of the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA). This agreement preserves the original statutory provisions of MICRA while adjusting the limits on non-economic damages.

This agreement avoids the potential passage of the so-called Fairness for Injured Patients Act (FIPA) that will be withdrawn from the November ballot. This proposition would have created a back door for unlimited non-economic damages, put physicians' personal assets at risk, and raise the cost of healthcare for all Californians. Attached is a letter from CMA President, Dr. Bob Wailes, regarding the new MICRA Modernization for 2022.

Many physicians have contacted LACMA to express their interest in preserving MICRA and their concerns about the negotiations that have completed. We hope to have CMA CEO Dustin Corcoran available to help answer your questions and concerns.

As LACMA President, I have made countless presentations to hospital staffs and medical groups that LACMA stands behind. So while I am disappointed that the caps will be raised, I am also heartened that the so-called FIPA will be withdrawn. LACMA remains steadfast in our commitment to our physician members and will be holding a forum for our members to share concerns and disagreements.


Dr. Jeffery Lee