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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

TMA BACKING PROVIDER SHIELD ACT, STRONG FEDERAL AGENDA


TMA is joining with Texas Medical Liability Trust (TMLT) and others in support of HR 816, The Provider Shield Act, sponsored by U.S. Reps. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) and Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo). The law would clarify that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) does not create new theories of liability or alter the rules governing medical professional liability lawsuits. “We are concerned that certain provisions of the law could be used by judges and personal injury lawyers to establish a national ‘standard of care’ to prove negligence in such lawsuits when a physician’s personalized care for his or her patients may not adhere to the federal payment or billing/coding guidelines,” the group wrote in a letter to the chair and ranking minority member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Supporting HR 816 is part of our aggressive federal agenda:

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