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Tort Reform on Trial: Houston Case Challenges Noneconomic Damage Cap - 06/01/2020

Houston case poses challenge to key tort reform limit on noneconomic damages.


Could You Be Liable for Volunteer COVID-19 Care? - 05/29/2020

If you’d like to volunteer during the COVID-19 pandemic but are concerned about your potential liability, the Texas Medical Association has created a white paper that reviews several state statutes that could offer protection should you face a lawsuit.


Disaster Liability - 05/18/2020

Expansion of the Good Samaritan law to volunteer health care professionals and sponsoring health care institutions for care, assistance, or advice provided during a disaster


A Physician’s Personal Take on the Ongoing Impact of Tort Reform - 11/21/2019

Explore the recent effects of tort reform in Texas from the perspective of a physician who was hit with – and eventually overcame – a major liability lawsuit in TMA’s e-book,  Tangled Sutures: A Tale of Triumph and Loss in a Professional Liability Lawsuit


Open Enrollment 2020: Be Prepared for Coverage Changes - 11/13/2019

You’re probably already aware that open enrollment for commercial health insurance plans, including those on the Affordable Care Act Exchanges, opened Nov. 1 and will run through Dec. 15. While some patients won’t make any changes to their coverage, others will make significant changes, including enrolling with a completely different health plan.


The Uninsured in Texas Quick Links - 11/13/2019

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Beyond the Slogan “Medicare for All” - 10/03/2019

Medicare For All is becoming popular among Democratic lawmakers and the public. But, as popular as the concept is, the details are lost in the simple slogan of “Medicare for All.”


The ACA Marketplace - 09/19/2019

Physicians find themselves in a land of confusion months after the debut of the Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplace. Pervasive problems with the exchange rollout, including enrollment delays and questionable health plan networks, disrupt physicians' office operations and affect patients' access to care.


Federal Tort Reform Bill Should Mirror Texas Law, Groups Say - 06/26/2019

Physicians, hospitals, and other health care providers throughout Texas would lose substantial protections against frivolous medical lawsuits if a bill working its way through the nation's capital becomes law, two Texas medical groups say.


Preserve Physician Liability Protections in Emergencies - 04/09/2019

We are very concerned about how this bill will damage Texas’ ability to attract and sustain highly trained, competent doctors, including obstetricians and gynecologists, and specialty doctors such as maternal fetal medicine physicians and urogynecologists. This bill will hamper physicians’ ability to make ethical and professional decisions in the best interest of their patients for fear of repercussions.


March 12 Hotline: Bill Provides Liability Protections For Physicians During Disasters - 03/12/2019

The Senate State Affairs Committee unanimously approved a bill Monday that would provide limited liability protections to volunteer physicians and other health care professionals who provide care during disasters in Texas.


Where Do We Go From Here With Our Health Care System? - 03/04/2019

To say that Medicare works well, denies the fact that in many patients are no longer able to go to the doctor of their choice. In fact, even finding a doctor is difficult. Additionally, many doctors no longer participate in the Medicare program. This program is only one step away from a single payer health care system, which was once referred to as socialized medicine.


Section 10: Lift the Federal Regulatory Burden - 01/16/2019

TMA focuses most of its advocacy activities on the Texas Legislature and state agencies and courts. Because the federal government plays such an outsize role in health care policy and programs, however, TMA also conducts extensive advocacy with the U.S. Congress and federal regulatory agencies. As on the state level, much of TMA’s work in Washington is intended to ensure physicians receive fair payment for the medical services they provide to patients, and to win relief from onerous government regulations.


ACA Ruling An Opportunity to Improve Health Care Access - 12/19/2018

The Texas Medical Association believes a Texas federal judge’s recent ruling that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional provides a bipartisan pathway to strengthen access to health care and provide coverage for the 4.5 million Texans without health care coverage.


Texas Medical Association Eager to Work Alongside Governor Abbott to Improve Access to Health Care in Texas - 12/18/2018

The Texas Medical Association (TMA) believes a Texas federal judge’s recent ruling that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional provides a bipartisan pathway to strengthen access to health care and provide coverage for the 4.5 million Texans without health care overage.


Enrollment in Health Insurance Through the Marketplace After Implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Texas - 11/29/2018

The Journal — October 2016 Tex Med. 2016;112(10):e1. By Gordon Gong, MD, MS; Cassandra C. Huey, MS; Coleman Johnson, JD; Debra Curti, MEd, RHIA; and Billy U. Philips Jr, PhD, MPH Gordon Gong, MD, MS; Coleman Johnson, JD; Debra Curti, MEd, RHIA; and Billy U. Philips Jr, PhD, MPH, F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas; and Cassandra C. Huey, MS, F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health, and Department of Human Development and Family Studies, College of Human Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas.  Send correspondence to Billy U. Philips Jr, PhD, MPH, Executive Vice President and Director, The F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health, Marie Hall Chair and Professor, Family and Community Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Suite 2B440, 3601 4th St, MS 6232, Lubbock, TX 79430-6232; e-mail: billy.philips@ttuhsc.edu.  Abstract One ...


Governor Recognizes 15 Years of Texas Tort Reforms - 09/25/2018

It’s a milestone so big for Texas medicine, it was worthy of official recognition from the governor. Gov. Greg Abbott honored the 15th anniversary of Texas’ medical liability reforms on Sept. 1 with an official proclamation.


Medical Liability Reform Anniversary: More Doctors to Care for Texas Patients - 09/10/2018

In the 15 years this month since Texas passed landmark medical liability reform, the state’s patients have enjoyed greater access to physicians’ care, as more doctors practice medicine throughout the state. House Bill 4, the Medical Malpractice and Tort Reform Act, and passage of Proposition 12, a constitutional amendment, lessened the likelihood of frivolous lawsuits against physicians and hospitals.


Health Care Sharing Ministries Are Not Typical Health Insurance, Doctors Caution - 08/08/2018

TMA asked TDI to inform consumers that health care sharing ministries are not insurance. TMA also sought a response about ministries’ promoting themselves using PPO language. TDI responded that it would review TMA’s recommendation.


Protections Preserved for University-Employed Physicians - 07/17/2018

The Texas Supreme Court blocked a challenge to liability protections for physicians employed by state medical schools, a legal victory for TMA. Thanks to the court’s decision, physicians employed by a government institution, like a publicly funded medical school, still can perform clinical duties at a non-government facility, like a private hospital, without giving up immunity from lawsuits.


“We don’t want to go back to those days, ever.” - 07/02/2018

TMA Alliance member James Duerr is as passionate as the doctors he advocates for.


High Court Decision in Nondisclosure Case A Win For Medicine - 06/20/2018

The Texas Supreme Court sided with the Texas Medical Association in a nondisclosure case that TMA warned would have significant, troubling implications had it gone the wrong way.


TMA Asks AMA to Stay Out of Affordable Care Act Suit - 06/20/2018

Leaders of the Texas Medical Association on Tuesday publicly objected to the American Medical Association’s plans to get involved in a high-profile federal lawsuit — filed in Texas — challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.


The Top 5 Things That Get Physicians Sued - 06/05/2018

There are some obvious reasons physicians could face a medical liability lawsuit — surgical errors, misdiagnosis, and medication errors are some of the most common. But other issues related to communication, documentation, and staff conduct, also increase your legal risk.


Where Does Immunity for Government-Employed Physicians End? - 05/03/2018

The Texas Medical Association is fighting to ensure the Texas Supreme Court does not disrupt liability protections for physicians who are employed by a state medical school or other government entity.