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Monday, May 9, 2011

WHISTLE-BLOWER PROTECTIONS FOR EMPLOYED PHYSICIANS MOVING FORWARD

So hospitals want to employ physicians? Fine, but they’ll do it by our rules. The Texas House passed and sent to Gov. Rick Perry our bill (Senate Bill 894) that will allow rural hospitals to employ physicians — with important protections for physicians’ clinical autonomy. And SB 1661 by Sen. Robert Duncan (R-Lubbock), which will provide whistle-blower protections for the thousands of Texas physicians who already are employed by hospital-controlled 501(a) corporations, is on its way to passage in the House. It already passed the Senate. “Unlike other states that allow employment of physicians, Texas is different,” said TMA President Sue Bailey, MD. “We’re one of the first states to pass clinical protections for physicians who choose employment.”

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