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September 27, 2000

The Supreme Court's View of the Managed Care Industry's Liability for Adverse Patient Outcomes

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;284(12):1516. doi:10.1001/jama.284.12.1512

To the Editor: In a recent article in THE JOURNAL,1 Mr Pomfret and I described the structure of the Federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and how ERISA litigation reduces physician autonomy. In a subsequent development, the Supreme Court recently decided Pegram v Herdrich, 530 US_ (2000), a case that further addresses these issues.