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Monday, February 21, 2011

BILL WOULD PROTECT PHYSICIANS FROM NEW LIABILITY FROM REFORM LAW

A bipartisan group of congressmen, including U.S. Reps. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) and Lamar Smith (R-San Antonio) introduced legislation to protect physicians and providers from new causes of legal action possibly arising from last year’s health system reform law. The Provider Shield Act of 2011 states that practice guidelines or standards arising from the reform law may not be used as evidence of the standard of care in a medical liability claim. TMA and the Texas Medical Liability Trust worked with the bill sponsors on the language.

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