- The Senate unanimously passed SB 532 by Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston). This is TMA's bill on supervision of physician assistants and advanced practice nurses at retail health clinics.
- TMA witnesses stood strong under withering questioning at the House Insurance Committee. TMA Immediate Past President Bill Hinchey, MD; TEXPAC Chair Susan Strate, MD; and Greg Bernica, executive director of the Harris County Medical Society, testified on behalf of TMA for some good insurance reform bills and against various pieces of health-plan-backed legislation.
- Many other TMA member physicians stepped up to the plate on your behalf. Thanks to these physicians for testifying before committees at the legislature: Dawn Buckingham, MD, and Kim Edwards, MD, of Austin; and Janet Realini, MD, MPH, and Charles Leach, MD, of San Antonio.
Monday, March 30, 2009
BILL WEAKENING LIABILITY REFORM GOES NOWHERE YET; TMA BILL PASSES TEXAS SENATE
An outpouring of opposition from TMA members, and strong testimony from Bill Peper, MD, chair of TMA’s Committee on Professional Liability, helped to keep a dangerous bill bottled up in a State Senate committee. Senate Bill 152 by Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) would weaken liability protections for physicians who see patients in emergency situations. Also in a busy week in Austin:
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