Patients for Fair Compensation, a nonprofit seeking
to introduce a patients' compensation system to states across the
nation, announced today that Ross Mason has joined its national
advisory board. Mason is the founder of the Healthcare Institution
for Neuro-Recovery and Innovation (HINRI) and former Chairman of
the Georgia Department of Community Health Board.
Originally from Madison, Georgia, Mason became
passionate about healthcare after volunteering at an AIDS hospital
in Zambia the summer of 1999. In 2004, he created HINRI, which
provides venture philanthropy to early-stage nonprofits. He also
serves as a Senior Fellow at the Georgia Public Policy
"Ross is working tirelessly to make Georgia a
national and global leader in health innovation," said Patients for
Fair Compensation (PFC) Chairman, Richard L. Jackson. "We are very
excited he sees how our efforts to replace our broken medical
liability system with a no-blame patients' compensation system are
aligned with that vision."
"I am excited to support PFC's efforts to bring a
Patients' Compensation System (PCS) to our states," said Mason.
"Spending almost eight years on the Department of Community Health
Board, the last two as Chairman, I have seen how difficult it is to
control the rising Medicaid and state health benefits costs.
PCS offers the opportunity to save states, like Georgia, billions
of dollars by eliminating unnecessary costs due to the
Patients for Fair Compensation is currently working
with Georgia legislators to introduce the new system. On February
8, 2013, state Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) introduced Senate
Bill 141, the "Patient Injury Act," which would replace the state's
current medical litigation system with a no-blame, administrative
compensation intended to reduce healthcare costs.