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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

TMA WINS KEY MEDICAL BOARD CHANGES

Physicians will face less bureaucratic hassle from the Texas Medical Board under a trio of TMA-backed bills that are waiting for Governor Perry’s signature. “These three bills provide much-needed due process protections for physicians without endangering the 2003 liability reforms that have meant so much to Texas,” TMA President Bruce Malone, MD, said in a letter (PDF) urging the governor to sign them. One of the most important things the bills would do is prohibit the filing of anonymous complaints. All three bills were headed for quick passage last week when special interests opposed to TMA sidelined the most important one, Senate Bill 190 by Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound). Some quick thinking by Senator Nelson and Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Southside Place), however, resurrected that bill by tacking its contents onto another TMB-related measure sponsored by Rep. Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown). Read more details in a special issue of Action we emailed last week and in the July cover story of Texas Medicine magazine.

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