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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Michael Burgess, Jon Opelt, Jill McLain

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.

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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Governor Rick Perry

Tort Reformers and Trial Lawyers agree on Bill that helps the injured

A bill that changes the way health care plans are reimbursed following liability lawsuits and puts more money into the pocket of injured parties was signed into law by Governor Rick Perry.

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Dissecting the argument for and against California's Proposition 46.

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Dissecting the argument for and against California’s Proposition 46.

Academics say raising the cap would more likely increase health care costs than increase patient safety or quality of care.

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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