Texas hits another record in newly-licensed physicians. Lawsuit reforms credited with boosting the numbers.

12-Years Post-Liability Reform, Texas Hits another Record in New Physicians

Austin TX--As it has for four of the past seven years, the Texas Medical Board licensed a record number of new physicians for the fiscal year that ended last month, surging past the 4,000 mark for the first time in history.

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The Soaring Eagel Award pic

Standard of Care Language Included in Medicare ‘Doc Fix’ Bill


The Soaring Eagle Award was presented to Texas Congressman Michael Burgess, center, for his extraordinary work as chief author of the doc fix bill. The bill includes standard of care language marking the first time Congress has ever passed legislation that provides medical liability protections for health care providers. Presenting the award is TAPA Executive Director Jon Opelt, left, and TMLT Executive Vice President and TAPA Board member Jill McLain, on the right. TMLT and TAPA played a pivotal role in getting and keeping the standard of care language in this landmark legislation; as did NORCAL, The Doctors Company and our coalition partners.

Rape is not Health Care

The stunning headline might have caught your eye; it certainly caught mine. A big piece of it, though, is flat out wrong. “Doctor accused in rape unlikely to be held liable in civil court,” the Houston Chronicle headline read. “The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that rape in some circumstances is covered by medical malpractice laws,” the author wrote further down in the story. Wrong. Texas Alliance for Patient Access Chair Howard Marcus, MD, set her straight. Here’s his statement in full: “Rape is reprehensible". Neither the legislature not the courts gave medical liability protections to this criminal offense. Most recently, in Ross v. St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, the Texas Supreme Court set forth a seven-factor test to determine whether an injury was or wasn’t a health care claim. The Ross decision makes clear that rape is not related to the provision of health care, and is not a protected act simply because it occurred in a health care setting. The court has left no room for confusion.”

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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(Jeff Roberson/AP)

Medical  liability reform at risk in state supreme court case

AMA Wire

November 7, 2015

One of the nation’s leading medical liability reform laws could be undercut in a case before a state supreme court.

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The Effect of Malpractice Reform on Emergency Department Care

Skeptics said that with the passage of lawsuit reforms Texas ER doctors would restrict care to their patients because the law did not require more. And yet, a recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine demonstrates otherwise.

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Texas SC opines no expert report needed in slip & fall against hospital

Three years ago, a Texas Supreme Court ruling blurred the lines on lawsuits against medical providers, theoretically requiring even slip and fall plaintiffs to file a medical expert report when suing a hospital.

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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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