TEXAS ALLIANCE FOR PATIENT ACCESS
A new report finds the Lone Star State ranked second nationally in attracting the most physicians and fifth in percentage growth among physicians who treat patients.
Texas Ranks Near the Top in U.S. Physician Recruitment
Pattern Reverses Disastrous Declines of Liability Crisis Years
The U.S. has added slightly more than 40,000 patient care physicians in the past two years. Remarkably, nearly one in 10 of those new physicians is now practicing in Texas.
“That’s good news for Texans and the growing number of us who need that expert physician care,” said Austin internist, Dr. Howard Marcus, the chairman of TAPA.
New Mexico lawsuit threatens access to care for out-of-state patients, risk for Texas doctors
A medical liability lawsuit before the New Mexico Supreme Court is threatening access to medical care for New Mexico patients who get specialty medical treatment in Texas. The plaintiff wants New Mexico law to decide the case even though the procedure and follow-up treatment occurred in Texas.
If the lower court’s ruling stands, Texas doctors and hospitals will likely face higher liability risk and costs simply by agreeing to see New Mexico patients in Texas. Those living in Eastern New Mexico may face the brunt of such a decision since they are reliant on West Texas providers for a full range of medical services.
News story produced and aired on FOX 34 @ Nine, Lubbock
November 24, 2015
Goodbye Standard of Care, Hello Reasonable Practice
The term “standard of care” has been misused and abused. It is time to replace it with a phrase which more accurately conveys the realities of modern medicine.
The legal definition of the “standard of care” is that which a reasonably competent and skilled physician would administer under the same or similar circumstances. Failing to meet the standard of care, one might argue, is simply another way of stating that a physician was negligent. However, it seems that many people don’t understand the nuance.
For these reasons, we propose that the term “standard of care” be retired and replaced with “reasonable practice.” The terms are legally equivalent, but “reasonable practice” is far less prone to misinterpretation by experts and juries.
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...
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...
November 7, 2015
One of the nation’s leading medical liability reform laws could be undercut in a case before a state supreme court.
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.
Supreme Court Justice
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.
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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