Policy Perspectives

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 Medical Malpractice, Supported Employment, Nonprofits   Volume 4 Issue 7  
Non-Economic Medical Malpractice Limits: What They Mean for All Players
Charitable Solicitation Regulation for the Nonprofit Sector: Paving the Regulatory Landscape for Future Success
Innovation in Service Provision Supported Employment
Is It Time for a Four-Day Work Week?
Things Change, Including Philanthropy - We Should Get Used to it!
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Non-Economic Medical Malpractice Limits: What They Mean for All Players
by Bart LeFan

One popular explanation for reduced patient access and rising healthcare costs has been the soaring increase of medical malpractice insurance premiums due to large jury awards in malpractice cases. The most frequent and highly-publicized judgments have come in the form of non-economic damages – awards for suffering, emotional distress, and other intangible damages. Many physicians – particularly specialists – must carry significant insurance to cover potential judgments. In response, many states have attempted to limit the amount of jury awards for medical malpractice cases. These state statutes, or “tort reforms,” have had both positive and negative effects on all players in the healthcare system. Several possible alternatives are being discussed nationwide, including “Early Offer Rules,” patient indemnity insurance, and Health Courts.
Charitable Solicitation Regulation for the Nonprofit Sector: Paving the Regulatory Landscape for Future Success
Executive Summary
by Jamie Usry

Unfortunately, according to the Federal Trade Commission, 1% of all charitable giving is misused or collected using fraudulent means. That’s nearly $3 billion of total charitable donations that were not spent as the donor expected, or were received using fraudulent practices. In light of these statistics, the need for regulatory mechanisms should be clear. Such mechanisms are necessary to deter the misuse of funds, to protect organizations and the sector from legitimacy threats and negative public opinions, to hold organizations accountable, to ensure professional ethics, and to protect the public interest.
Innovation in Service Provision Supported Employment
by Sara McCormick, CPPA and Kathy Daley, USOR

Balancing the conflicting needs of organizational mandates is a challenge. We are required to achieve the goals of our organizations in the most effective and efficient manner. Unfortunately, when the goals of separate organizations are not compatible, it can create gaps in services for target populations. Utah Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD) and the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation (USOR) faced conflicting mandates for Supported Employment. Through collaboration, the organizations created a Supported Employment (SE) pilot program which received long-term Legislative funding in 2008.
by Ken Embley, CPPA

It is early summer, just after sunset, but dark. I am sitting on my Easton covered baseball bucket, leaning against the chain-linked backstop staring at nothing in particular. The little kids are running the bases—they always do. A cloud-like haze of dirt is in the air. My senses detect people on the move, gathering stuff; some are stretching in protest of mom’s requiring nesting partners to move and help with the younger kids—they never do. Down each base line players and coaches huddle; a game ball award brought out the obligatory “Who’s your daddy?” People are heading home. Then I hear the words, again, “You suck blue!”
Is It Time for a Four-Day Work Week?
by W. David Patton, PhD,CPPA Director

David Patton, CPPA's director takes a look at new initiatives and ideas from around the nation and the world. This month's idea: a four-day work week.
Things Change, Including Philanthropy - We Should Get Used to it!
by Don Gomes, Executive Director, Utah Nonprofits Association

The philanthropy we’ve known has changed, and it will change even more. In June, Steve Gunderson, President and CEO of the Council on Foundations, spoke to groups of funders and nonprofit professionals in Salt Lake City. Among other things, he noted five trends that may reshape philanthropy.
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