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2 Document(s) [ Subject: Medical malpractice ]

Committee: Joint Medical Peer Review Process, Interim
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Joint Select Committee to Study the Medical Peer Review Process interim report 2007 : a report to the Texas Legislature, 80th Legislature
Subjects: Liability | Medical Board, Texas | Medical licensing | Medical malpractice | Physicians |
Library Call Number: L1836.79 M468
Session: 79th R.S. (2005)
Online version: View report [23 pages  File size: 230 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1.

Study the medical peer review process in hospitals and other health care entities in this state. The study shall include an examination of:
(1) the use of medical peer review in identifying and reporting to the Texas Medical Board the conduct of or the quality of care provided by physicians who are members of the medical staffs of hospitals and other health care entities;
(2) the use of medical peer review in disciplining a physician based on the conduct or quality of care provided by the physician as a member of the medical staff of a hospital or other health care entity;
(3) the appropriate level of immunity protections for hospitals and other health care entities, medical peer review committees, and individuals who participate on those committees in health care liability claims brought by patients alleging bad faith physician credentialing; and
(4) whether there are adequate mechanisms in state law to ensure appropriate regulatory supervision of the appropriateness and effectiveness of medical peer review in hospitals and other health care entities.

2.

As part of the joint interim committee's study, the committee shall investigate:
(1) the adequacy of the Texas Medical Board's oversight and investigation of physician claims that the medical peer review process is misused, including whether the board's oversight and investigation powers should be strengthened and how other states investigate claims of misuse of the medical peer review process;
(2) the state regulatory reporting mechanisms relating to the appropriateness and effectiveness of medical peer review in hospitals and other health care entities and the oversight and authority of the state to ensure good faith medical peer review in hospitals and other health care entities in this state;
(3) the potentially negative impact on medical peer review in this state that could result from potential changes to:
(A) immunity protections; or
(B) the oversight and investigation of physician claims of misuse of the medical peer review process;
(4) how the laws of other states address immunity protections for medical peer review; and
(5) any other matter relevant to the medical peer review process, including how state and federal law identifies physician conduct that is considered to be unprofessional or unsafe by a medical peer review committee.

Committee: Senate Prompt Payment of Health Care Providers, Special
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 78th Legislature / Texas Special Committee on Prompt Payment of Health Care Providers.
Subjects: Health insurance | Medical liability insurance | Medical malpractice | Prompt payment of insurance claims | Tort reform |
Library Call Number: L1836.77 p944
Session: 77th R.S. (2001)
Online version: View report [155 pages  File size: 3,563 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. 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.
2. 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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