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Monday, April 4, 2011

PROTECTIONS FOR EMPLOYED PHYSICIANS MOVE FORWARD

A bill detailing strict protections for physicians who work for rural hospitals won approval from the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee. TMA Trustee Doug Curran, MD, testified on behalf of Senate Bill 894 by Sen. Robert Duncan (R-Lubbock). The measure guarantees physicians’ independent medical judgment and places the responsibility for all clinical matters — bylaws, credentialing, utilization review, and peer review — under the hospitals’ medical staff. The Texas Medical Board would investigate any reports of interference. TMA’s policy position is crystal clear: Maintain and protect the ban on the corporate practice of medicine. However, our stance on corporate practice should not be confused with our support and representation of all doctors, regardless of practice type, specialty, or employment status.

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