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Monday, January 24, 2011

SOME HOSPITAL LEADERS EMBRACE COOPERATION WITH PHYSICIANS

In my travels last week, I had the chance to meet with Joel Allison, president of the Baylor Health Care System; Methodist Hospital CEO Ron Girroto and his senior team; and Maura Walsh, president of the Gulf Coast Division of HCA. I was accompanied by Drs. Sue Bailey, Carolyn Evans, and Tomas Garcia; TMA chief lobbyist Darren Whitehurst; Harris County Medical Society EVP Greg Bernica; and Dallas County EVP Mike Darrouzet. We discussed TMA’s legislative agenda and issues like the corporate practice of medicine, physician employment, scope of practice, and the state budget. I was very pleased that they were supportive of TMA and our positions, unlike the Texas Hospital Association and the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals, who are pushing hard to allow hospitals to directly employ — and control — physicians. 

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