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Senate Committee on Prompt Payment of Health Care Providers, Special - 77th R.S. (2001)

Committee Members
Jane Nelson, Chair
John Carona, Vice Chair
Troy Fraser
Mario Gallegos
Judith Zaffirini
Charges
• The Committee shall evaluate the effectiveness of existing state law and agency rules designed to ensure prompt payment of health insurance claims to providers by insurance companies. The Committee should assess the level of industry compliance with current law and the necessity of additional enforcement measures. The Committee shall determine the factors affecting the timeliness of reimbursements and make necessary recommendations to improve the process.
• The committee shall evaluate the effectiveness of existing state law and agency rules relating to the current medical professional liability system. The committee should assess the causes of rising malpractice insurance rates in Texas, including the impact of medical malpractice lawsuits, and their impact on access to health care. Based on that assessment, the committee should determine the need for corrective action and make recommendations as necessary.

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