Florida Hospital, Orlando, and the Florida Hospital Association filed two lawsuits asking judges to quickly block a pair of state constitutional amendments that increase public reporting of medical errors and prohibit practice in Florida by doctors with more than two medical malpractice judgments against them. Richard Morris, Florida Hospital's vice president for governmental and regulatory affairs, said hospitals can't follow either law without further clarification from legislators or the courts. One amendment lets patients see medical error information upon request but could violate Florida and federal rules shielding such information, Morris said. The other amendment, Morris said, may violate doctors' right to due process in automatically prohibiting doctors with more than two malpractice judgments from practicing in the state. Voters approved both amendments Tuesday. -- by Melanie Evans
Fla. hospital groups sue over state amendments
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