Candor Resource Guide

Even under the best of circumstances, there are times when a patient experiences an unanticipated health outcome. Open communication between physicians and their patients is the foundation of a sustainable physician-patient relationship. When an unanticipated outcome occurs, physicians should be able to clearly communicate with the patient exactly what occurred and what steps will be taken to try to make that patient whole once more, without the fear that doing so exposes them to additional civil liability. To facilitate these conversations, IMS, in conjunction with the Iowa Association for Justice, developed the Candor legislation (see under the Documents tab below) that unanimously passed both chambers of the Iowa General Assembly and was signed into law on April 14, 2015. IMS is now developing educational materials to assist Iowa physicians in putting this new liability protection to work in their clinics. For more information on the Candor statute, please contact IMS Staff Attorney Kate Strickler, JD, LLM.



IMS Receives COPIC Grant to Expand Candor Education, Resources


IMS is the recipient of a $50,000 grant from the COPIC Medical Foundation to educate Iowa's physicians and healthcare leaders about Iowa’s early disclosure program ...

AHRQ Candor Toolkit Now Available


A new toolkit has created a roadmap for how to best implement a Candor program. Eight modules of videos, slideshows, and case studies cover the entire implementation ...

Candor Implementation Moves Forward


Communication and resolution program leaders from across the U.S. met in Palo Alto, California, for the Communication and Resolution Program Leader Retreat to Improve Patient Safety. The national conference, cosponsored by IMS, focused on defining co

IMS Cosponsors National Conference on Communication and Resolution Programs


As a component of our efforts to roll out Iowa’s new Candor law and to facilitate the establishment of Candor programs in healthcare facilities throughout Iowa, the Iowa Medical Society is cosponsoring a national conference next month on communicatio

IOM Finds Diagnostic Errors Frequently Result of System Failure


The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently released a new study, “Improving Diagnosis in Health Care.” The 369-page report found that most Americans will experience a misdiagnosis in our lifetime ...

The Basics of Iowa's New Candor Law


Even under the best circumstances,there are times when a patient experiences an unanticipated health outcome. To understand the importance of open communications in these situations, one must first understand that unanticipated outcomes do not result

Gov. Branstad Signs Early Disclosure Legislation


Law Supports Open Discussion, Rapid Resolution When Unanticipated Healthcare Outcomes Occur ...

Medical Liability Reform Headed to Governor’s Desk


In the culmination of nearly three years of work, IMS priority legislation SF 426, the Candor bill jointly developed by IMS and the Iowa Association for Justice, is now headed to the Governor’s desk for signature. ...

Second Funnel Narrows List of Eligible Bills


The second legislative funnel is a self-imposed procedural deadline whereby bills must have passed a full chamber and a committee in the opposite chamber in order to ...

Lowering Liability Exposure to Foster Open Communciation


The IMS Ad Hoc Tort Reform Task Force identified a new reform measure, focused on open communication with patient, which they believe is a viable alternative for expanding tort reform options in Iowa.

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