A recent appeals court decision could weaken a key piece of Texas’ 2003 medical liability reforms meant to cut frivolous lawsuits off at the head. In a friend-of-the-court brief filed last week, the Texas Medical Association and Texas Alliance for Patient Access (TAPA) tell the Texas Supreme Court that the law narrowly limits the amount of discovery – the exchange of information in a court case – before the person suing must produce an expert report. And there’s good reason for that, the groups say.
By Joey Berlin
San Antonio cardiothoracic surgeon sues hospital over alleged disparagement, malicious peer. In less than two years, San Antonio cardiothoracic surgeon J. Marvin Smith III, MD, says his distinguished surgical career spanning about five decades was effectively wiped out.
Recognizing the need for the state to plan for public health
emergencies and natural disasters, the Texas Medical Association during this
legislative session helped shape and pass legislation to modernize the state’s
public health authority infrastructure and allow for more timely, efficient,
and effective surveillance of and response to outbreaks and disasters.
Your practice’s policies and procedures manual has to be customized to fit your practice’s unique needs. If it’s not, now is the time to fix that. To help you stay compliant, the Texas Medical Association soon will release the 2021 Policies and Procedures: Guide for Medical Practices.
By Joey Berlin
By Amy Lynn Sorrel
This month’s magazine explores the business of medicine in Texas.
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