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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.
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”.
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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 Syracuse.com 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.
Medical school on the cheap: Why becoming a doctor in Texas is a bargain
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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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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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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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.
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...
Study ranks Texas 6th best state for docs, expert points to tort reform
A recent study found Texas is one of the best states for physicians to practice medicine, a high ranking made possible in part due to the passage of tort...
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