• Liability Premiums Continue to Plummet Post Prop 12

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    Physicians' liability insurance premiums have continued to drop since the passage of Proposition 12 and our landmark 2003 health care liability reforms. All major physician liability carriers in Texas have cut their rates by more than 30 percent. Texas physicians have seen their liability rates cut, on average, 46 percent. Cumulative liability cost savings since January 2004: $1.9 billion.

    Prop 12's Healthy Benefits  
  • Where Does Immunity for Government-Employed Physicians End?

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    TMA 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.

    More About the Case:
    Perkins v. Skapek et al.
  • Judge Tosses Suit Over End-of-Life Care Law

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    A Harris County district judge rejected a constitutional challenge to part of the Texas Advance Directives Act, siding with TMA and several other organizations that filed a brief in support of the law.

    The Case:
    Kelly v. Methodist Hospital
  • Federal Tort Reform Bill Should Mirror Texas Law, Groups Say

    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.

    TMA's Recommendation 

  • Texas Wins Tort Battle

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    The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of a Lubbock physician entangled in a question of whether Texas or New Mexico law should apply in a liability case involving care that was provided in Texas but for a New Mexico patient. 

    The Case: Montano v. Frezza  
  • TMA Testimony: Liability Reform

    Liability Reform Let Fredericksburg Doctors Deliver Babies Again
    Dr. David Cantu, House Bill 719, March 28, 2017

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    Download Release Forms for New Mexico Patients to Sign

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    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, TAPA has developed two forms, one for emergency treatment and one for voluntary treatment. 

    Download the Forms Here
  • TMA Backs Definition of Emergency in Obstetrical Case

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    Last month, TMA signed on to the Texas Alliance for Patient Access' (TAPA's) friend-of-the-court brief to support the application of the willful and wanton standard in a lawsuit involving emergency obstetrical care. TMA, TAPA, and other signatories contend emergency care provisions apply to medical care provided in an obstetrical unit without the pregnant patient first having been evaluated in a hospital's emergency department.

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  • Texas Hits Record for New Physician Applications 

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    TMB finished its fiscal year last month having received a record number of new physician applications. TMB received 5,544 new applications, up 3 percent from the previous year's record 5,377 applicants.

    Number of Texas Physicians Trending in the Right Direction  
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  • Border Battle

    A doctor sued for negligence for a procedure he performed in Texas will have to defend himself under the law of … New Mexico? Right now, that's the situation in which Eldo Frezza, MD, finds himself. The bariatric surgeon faces several similar suits filed not in Texas, where he performed surgery on the patients, but in New Mexico, where the plaintiffs live.

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