Michigan adopts “I’m sorry” law for health care providers

Health care providers in Michigan can apologize for errors without facing lawsuits, according to the Detroit Free Press.

According to the article, thirty-five other states have "I'm sorry" laws that disallow apologies or statements of compassion by health care providers as evidence of liability in malpractice cases.  The analysis found that states with “I’m sorry” laws also have fewer and smaller malpractice claims.   

(Sources: The Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com, April 20, 2011; Patient Safety Monitor Alert, http://www.hcpro.com, April 27, 2011)