The passage of House Bill 270 by the New Mexico Legislature allows Texas physicians to obtain a signed agreement from New Mexico patients stating that should they wish to file a lawsuit they will do so in Texas court. To assist physicians in taking advantage of the law's protections, the Texas Alliance for Patient Access (TAPA) has developed two forms, one for emergency treatment and one for voluntary treatment. You can download the emergency treatment and voluntary treatment forms (English or Spanish-and-English) from the TMA website.
In consultation with an attorney, TMA suggests physicians who treat New Mexico patients or patients living in other states consider adopting this language in the practice forms patients sign.
HB 270, which TMA and TAPA supported, takes effect on July 1. Learn more about the bill and the legal battle that threatens Texas physicians' liability protections when treating patients from New Mexico in this month's issue of Texas Medicine.
Action, June 15, 2016
Last Updated On
July 08, 2016