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Patient Safety and Defensive Medicine Workgroup


As directed by Senate Bill 1580 during the February 2012 Legislative session, Governor Kitzhaber  established the Patient Safety and Defensive Medicine (PSDM) Workgroup to recommend a medical liability legislative proposal for the 2013 Legislative session. To ensure diversity, Workgroup members consisted of one licensed physician, one trial lawyer, one public member, one health system executive, and Legislators from both parties of the House and Senate. The Workgroup’s efforts were guided by the following principles:

  • Improving patient safety,
  • Effectively compensating injured individuals, and
  • Reducing medical liability system costs.  

The Workgroup held three meetings and was staffed by the Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research (OHPR). Please use this website as a resource. 




Final Recommendation


The Committee submitted its final recommendation to the interim committee of the Legislative Assembly related to health care in September 2012.  Recommended legislation will be introduced in the 2013 Legislative session.


Final Summary of the PSDM Workgroup Process


Documents provided to the Legislature


Public Comment


Public comment was welcomed during the PSDM Workgroup process through the Internet and at Workgroup meetings. All public comment was summarized and provided to the Workgroup prior to each meeting.  



Governor Kitzhaber's Letter to the Workgroup, July 24, 2012

Governor Kitzhaber's Medical Liability Proposal, July 2012

Peace Health Testimony provided by Jodie Mooney, JD, April 27, 2011


Related Legislation

Senate Bill 1580, 2012 Legislative Session

House Bill 3650, 2011 Legislative Session


Related Medical Liability Reports

Staff: Melissa Isavoran, OHA/OHPR, Office: (503) 373-7959, Melissa.Isavoran@state.or.us 


Meeting Materials


08/02/12         Agenda        Materials        Meeting Summary        Recording

08/15/12         Agenda        Materials        Meeting Summary        Recording

09/05/12         Agenda        Materials        Meeting Summary        Recording (not available)