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Monday, October 12, 2009

TMLT AMENDMENT WILL PROTECT PHYSICIANS FROM LIABILITY SUITS

Texas Medical Liability Trust (TMLT) leaders are working with the American Medical Association, state medical associations, and liability carriers around the country to prevent health care system reform from opening new avenues for lawsuits against physicians. TMLT sent its proposed amendment to U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and to U.S. Sens. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) and Thomas Carper (D-Del.). Without the amendment, physicians who do not follow federal standards of care could face much higher burdens of proof in liability cases, which would in turn increase liability claims and payouts and drive significant rate increases in the future. AMA also sent a strong letter to Representative Waxman (PDF) on this issue.

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