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The Doctor - and Lawyer - Will See You Now: Medical-Legal Partnerships - 07/15/2020

Elderly woman. Low-income. Chronic pain. Needs to see a rheumatologist. Needs physical therapy. Struggling to pay rent. Has no insurance. Has no disability coverage. As a family physician at a federally qualified health center (FQHC) in Austin, Sharad Kohli, MD, sees a lot of cases like this. In similar health care settings, the patient might face two bad choices: wage bureaucratic war to obtain better health care benefits or simply give up. At People’s Community Clinic, Dr. Kohli referred her to an in-house lawyer who successfully appealed her denial of disability insurance. “[The lawyer] got her a significant income, which allowed her to pay her rent and also helped her get insurance through Medicaid and Medicare,” Dr. Kohli said. “And then she was able to see the rheumatologist and the physical therapist.” This kind of success helps explain why medical-legal partnerships (MLPs) like the one at People’s Community Clinic came about in 1993 and began expanding nationally after 2001. Te...


Covered for COVID? Business Interruption Insurance Could Come in Handy - 07/01/2020

Business interruption insurance could come in handy for losses related to COVID-19.


“Absurd” Contract Dodge Rejected: Court Lets Cancer Center’s Debt-Collection Suit Proceed - 04/30/2020

Appeals court denies “free speech” challenge to cancer center’s debt-collection suit.


No Double-Dipping: Tacking Settlement Money onto Negligence Awards at Issue - 04/30/2020

Like many broad legislative measures, Texas’ 2003 medical liability reforms continue to be a target for opponents long after being signed into law. The Texas Medical Association is fighting again to defend them. The measure under siege this time prevents patients who file negligence or other lawsuits from adding to their damage award through family members’ settlements stemming from the same case – that is, no “double-dipping.”


TMA to TMB: Let Docs Decide Whether In-Person Visit Needed For Subsequent Opioid Scrips - 03/06/2020

The Texas Medical Association has some suggestions for the Texas Medical Board on how to implement the state’s new 10-day limit on opioid prescriptions for acute pain. A letter to the board says it should be up to the physician’s judgment whether a non-initial 10-day prescription for acute pain requires seeing a patient in-person.


Preserving Do No Harm: Supreme Court Tosses Challenge to Medical Ethics Committee Law. - 02/18/2020

Twenty years after it took effect, Texas’ medical ethics committee review law has withstood challenge after challenge. The Texas Supreme Court is on the verge of ending the latest high-profile attack on the law that ensures physicians can uphold their professional obligation to “do no harm.” In October 2019, the state’s high court declined to take up Kelly v. Houston Methodist Hospital, in which the mother of a deceased patient attempted to overturn a provision of the Texas Advance Directives Act. Justices’ action leaves intact an appeals court decision that preserves physicians’ ability to use their medical judgment in end-of-life cases.


RoweDocs to Host Walk With a Doc Texas Event - 02/18/2020

Houston residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Latisha “Tisha” Rowe, MD, of RoweDocs for a Houston Walk With a Doc Texas event.


Cataract, Glaucoma, Cornea & Retina Consultants to Host Walk With a Doc Texas Event - 02/18/2020

 Nacogdoches residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Orry C. Birdsong, MD, of Cataract, Glaucoma, Cornea & Retina Consultants for a Nacogdoches Walk With a Doc Texas event.


Wage Rule Extends Overtime to More Employees - 02/07/2020

Some of your employees may have become newly eligible for overtime pay on Jan. 1. The U.S. Department of Labor has increased the minimum salary for exempt employees to $684 per week – $35,568 annually – from the previous level of $455 per week ($23,660 annually). Any employee earning less than $684 per week is automatically nonexempt and thus eligible for overtime pay.


Allergy & Asthma Texas Health to Host its First Walk With a Doc Texas Event - 01/29/2020

San Antonio residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Araceli Elizalde, MD, of Allergy & Asthma Texas Health for the clinic’s first San Antonio Walk With a Doc Texas event.


South Alamo Medical Group to Host Its First Walk With a Doc Texas Event - 01/13/2020

San Antonio residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Miguel Ayala, MD, of South Alamo Medical Group for the group’s first San Antonio Walk With a Doc Texas event.


Finally Settled: Hospitals Settle Physician's Anti-Competition Lawsuit - 01/08/2020

A Laredo oncologist confidentially settled a years-long lawsuit involving a pair of hospitals he alleged mischaracterized a past legal misfortune to terminate his privileges and eliminate his clinic from competing with the facilities.


Houston Physician to Host Her First Walk With a Doc Texas Event - 01/06/2020

The Walk With a Doc concept is simple: Physicians organize walks in their communities and invite their patients, their patients’ families, and community members to join them. Walkers will enjoy a refreshing and invigorating walk with Dr. Averyt and other health care professionals, who will provide support to participants and answer questions during the walk.


Arlington Integrative Medicine to Host Its First Walk With a Doc Texas Event - 01/06/2020

The Walk With a Doc concept is simple: Physicians organize walks in their communities and invite their patients, their patients’ families, and community members to join them. Walkers will enjoy a refreshing and invigorating walk with Dr. Parvez and other health care professionals, who will provide support to participants and answer questions during the walk.


TMA Supports Medical Ethics Committee Review Law in Latest Challenge - 12/20/2019

TMA has joined several other organizations on a friend-of-the-court brief in a case challenging the state's medical ethics committee review law. In the most recent challenge, the mother of a 10-month-old girl who since birth has been on life-support at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, has sued the hospital and obtained a temporary restraining order to keep her daughter on life support.


Help Medicaid Patients Keep Appointments With Free Rides - 12/11/2019

If your Medicaid patient has trouble keeping his or her appointments with your office due to lack of transportation or gas money, be sure the patient knows how to seek help from Medicaid.


Know Your ADA Obligations - 12/04/2019

If someone asked you about your training on federal requirements for accommodating patients with disabilities, would your answer sound something like this? “Oh golly. I have no idea. I’m sure I had to read or study something sometime. I’ve been doing this a long time. I’ve been a doctor for quite a while, so I suspect I had to learn it somewhere, but I don’t remember where.” That’s an actual answer from one internal medicine physician in a recent study of doctors’ knowledge of their legal obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). And if the results of that small study are any indication, many physicians might be lacking in their knowledge on the subject.  


Memorial Hermann Community Benefit Corporation to Host First-Anniversary Walk With a Doc Texas Event(1) - 11/11/2019

Houston residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Guadalupe Roldan, MD, and colleagues from the Memorial Hermann Community Benefit Corporation for their first-anniversary Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas event.


UTMB Students to Host First Walk With a Future Doc Texas Event in Galveston - 11/11/2019

Galveston residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Samuel Mathis, MD, and The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) medical students for the school’s first Galveston Walk With a Future Doc Texas event.


Lone Star Family Health Center to Host Walk With a Doc Texas Event - 11/06/2019

Conroe residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Daniel Porter, MD, of Lone Star Family Health Center for the clinic’s Conroe Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas event.


Memorial Hermann Community Benefit Corporation to Host First-Anniversary Walk With a Doc Texas Event - 11/05/2019

Houston residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Guadalupe Roldan, MD, and colleagues from the Memorial Hermann Community Benefit Corporation for their first-anniversary Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas event.


Doctors Can Prohibit Handguns in Medical Offices - 10/24/2019

If you're not exactly jazzed about the thought of patients carrying handguns into your medical practice next year, you can do something to prevent it. House Bill 910 by Rep. Larry Phillips (R-Sherman) goes into effect Jan. 1, 2016, and it allows Texans with handgun licenses to openly carry their handguns in a hip or shoulder holster. TMA has received questions regarding whether physicians can post a notice at their practices prohibiting anyone from entering with a handgun – concealed or openly. The answer depends on the type of property the medical office is located on. Generally, a private property owner may post notice prohibiting the carrying of handguns   , but HB 910 contains many requirements. TMA's white paper, titled [insert title and link], has more information for physicians.


Laredo Premier Healthcare to Host First Anniversary Walk With a Doc Texas Event Saturday - 10/07/2019

 Laredo residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Luis Benavides, MD, and colleagues from Laredo Premier Healthcare for Laredo’s first anniversary Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas event.


Warning: Watch Your Referrals - 10/01/2019

Federal anti-kickback law has changed, and it’s gotten broader. As a result, you may need to re-examine your practice’s compensation arrangements. That includes payments for laboratory referrals.  


No Docs of All Trades: Ruling Reinforces Expert Witness Reforms - 09/26/2019

Before Texas’ landmark liability reforms passed in 2003, gray areas in the law often led to serious green for people who sued physicians.