Judge rejects lawsuit challenging Texas' "futile care" law. Constitutional challenge  misconstrues both the statute and its purpose. TAPA Amicus Brief in Kelly v. Houston Methodist

Judge lets one-of-a-kind 'futile care' law stand

Suit tested statute allowing doctors to suspend life-sustaining treatment

By Todd Ackerman

September 22, 2017 Updated: September 23, 2017 1:23pm

In a victory for Texas' medical community, a Harris County state district judge Friday rejected a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state law that allows doctors to withdraw life-sustaining treatment against the wishes of the patient or guardian.

Judge Bill Burke said it would be "a case of throwing the baby out with the bath water" to repeal the controversial 1999 law, enacted in response to doctors' push to eliminate care they believe prolongs suffering in terminal patients. The law, which is unique to Texas, has drawn criticism from some families who say it gives doctors too much power.

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Texas Physicians Inject Billions Into Lone Star State’s Economy

New study shows physicians support more than 670,000 Texas jobs, and generate nearly $118 billion in economic activity “Whether in small towns or large cities, Texas doctors care for our Communities, but this study shows those same physicians are vital to the economic health of those cities, towns, and Texas as a whole.

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Publication ranks Texas second nationally as best place to practice medicine

With rising rates of physician burnout, changing state legislation governing healthcare, and numerous other factors weighing heavily on the profession, many doctors are looking for a change to continue practicing medicine. And for some, a change of location is sometimes the answer.

Read why Physicians Practice ranked Mississippi, Texas, Alaska, California, and Arkansas as standing above the rest in terms of “Best States to Practice”.

2017 Best States to Practice: The Top Five

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Medical school on the cheap: Why becoming a doctor in Texas is a bargain

Texas Tribune

October 30, 2017

When Caitlin Comfort decided to go to medical school, the Yale grad had her heart set on staying on the East Coast. But her wallet had different ideas. Facing $90,000 per year price tags for tuition, she said no thanks, and started applying to schools back home in Texas.

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The 20 most affordable medical schools

USA Today

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Telemedicine services aid emergency care in rural Texas

By Joseph Goedert

Published October 30 2017, 7:51am EDT

A pilot program in Texas that went live 10 months ago is linking ambulance paramedics with five small hospitals in five expansive counties across a vast rural area of the state.

Initially funded for $500,000 over two years by legislation, the funds actually were awarded to the Commission on State Emergency Communications, which then contracted with the University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock to run the program.

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What is a health care liability claim in Texas?

Language in the 2003 reforms created a conundrum for lawyers, judges and health care providers when violations of safety standards were alleged. The Texas Supreme Court largely erased that confusion when it handed down the Ross v. St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital decision May 1, 2015. The following is a discussion of the Ross decision with Texas Supreme Court Justice Phil Johnson.


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Key Court Decisions since the Passage of Reforms

The law is what the courts say it is. Twelve years after its passage most elements of Texas' landmark medical lawsuit reforms have been upheld.  Some of the medical liability provisions have been adjudicated at an intermediate court only. Click here for a chronology of the more significant decisions rendered by the courts.


Texas knows how to solve health care problems

By Ted Shaw

The Texas Tribune (Online)

April 20, 2015

In 2003, Texas health care was in full-blown crisis.  There were not enough physicians, particularly in high risk, hospital-based specialties, such as obstetrics, neurosurgery and trauma.

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More high-risk doctors are flocking to Texas

Tim Seay, president of Greater Houston Emergency Room Physicians, had grown accustomed to unsuccessfully begging physicians to come to the Houston area. That was before Texas passed health...

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Why health reform might increase malpractive lawsuits

The Washington Post

November 4, 2015

A possible unintended consequence of one of health reform's biggest goals — curbing excess health care spending — could be a surge in malpractice lawsuits...

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Texas ranks second nationally in retention of in-state trained physicians

A letter to the editor in the August 22 edition of notes that more than half of newly trained doctors are fleeing the State of New York.

The opinion piece reports that New York trains approximately 16,000 medical students each year. Only 45 percent of those newly-trained physicians choose to stay in-state to work.

The latest facts are even more discouraging. According to the American Association of Medical Colleges, only 36.4%--slightly more than a third, of those who received their undergraduate medical education in New York established a medical practice there. That ranks New York, a state with no medical liability reforms, 28th nationally in physician retention.

Meanwhile, California and Texas, two states with comprehensive medical lawsuit reforms, rank first and second nationally, retaining 62.7% and 59.7 of their medical school graduates.

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