There were several questions from members of the committee. Addressing the periodic payments section of the bill, Senator Goolsby (R-New Hanover) asked a question about a provision that permits a periodic payment schedule to be terminated in the event the plaintiff dies before all scheduled payment have been made. Senator Goolsby’s question was whether payments to mothers working in the home without compensation would be terminated in the event the mother dies prematurely, or if those payments would continue to be made to the survivors.
Addressing the emergency standard of care section of the proposal, Senator Clodfelter (D-Mecklenburg) asked if it’s clear when “stabilization” of a patient has been achieved, as that term is used in the EMTALA law. Senator Stein (D-Wake) asked whether the current standard of care in medical malpractice actions is already more forgiving for emergency situations than it is for non-emergencies.
The next hearing is Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:00 AM.