Health Care Legislation Update – Texas Legislature 81st Regular Session

07/06/2009

The 81st Regular Session of the Texas Legislature passed several laws affecting hospitals, physicians, other health care providers, pharmaceutical companies, and medical device companies. The Health Care Practice Group of Haynes and Boone, LLP has compiled this quick reference tool on topics we believe will interest our clients.

Governor Rick Perry vetoed HB 3485. This bill would have allowed hospitals located in counties with a population of less than 50,000 and operated by a governmental entity to directly employ a physician and retain all or part of the professional income generated by the physician for medical services provided at the hospital. The vetoed bill contained a provision that would increase the potential liability damages for doctors employed directly by hospital districts. The Governor believed the liability damages increase would undermine gains made in medical liability reform.

We have referenced legislation in this Update by bill number and subject with short summaries and effective dates. The summaries are not intended to be a comprehensive report on the legislation or to offer legal advice or opinions regarding the new laws but rather to offer a brief description of the subject matter and nature of the legislation.

If you are interested in a particular piece of legislation, you may access the full text of the new law by clicking on the bill number in this Update. Not all health care legislation is summarized in this Update. Administrative agency rules or interpretations of new laws will be promulgated over the upcoming months.If you have questions about any of the new laws or agencies’ proposed or final rules, please contact one of the Haynes and Boone attorneys listed at the end of this update. We welcome the opportunity to work with you in obtaining information about current legislation as well as determining the impact these new healthcare laws have on your business.

Additional health care legislation may be considered in the Special Session that convened on July 1, 2009.

To read the full text of the alert, please click on the hyperlinked PDF below.

For more information about any of the new laws or agencies’ proposed or final rules, please contact:

Thomas William Mayo
214.651.5676
thomas.mayo@haynesboone.com

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