Update: Vote is Tuesday on TMB Reform

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Tuesday is the day that will determine whether there is real reform of the TMB.  Please give this your immediate attention, because the next opportunity may not be for another 2 years.

Rep. Todd Hunter has set SB 190 for a House vote on Tuesday – the last possible day for this – and the key reform provisions in HB 1013 that passed the House 147-0 will be offered as amendments to SB 190.

TODAY PLEASE CALL and ask your state legislator in the Texas House to vote “yes” on the amendments to SB 190, which will include these major provisions:

  1. Elimination of confidential complaints so that the accused physician shall receive a copy of the complaint (patient’s and patient’s relatives are exempted).  No more confidential complaints from pharmaceuticals, insurance companies, competitors, disgruntled employees or angry spouses!
  2. Prohibition of conflict of interests by Texas Medical Board (TMB) members.
  3. If requested, the TMB shall record the Informal Settlement Conference (ISC) and maintain the recording as part of the record, and assignment of ISC panel members shall be done randomly.
  4. A reasonable 45-day period for physicians to respond to complaints.
  5. A statute of limitations of 7 years with respect to filing complaints.
  6. Like attorneys, physicians shall be entitled to a right to a jury trial if their license is revoked

Tuesday is the last day for passing this, and with a majority vote we can win!  PLEASE CALL NOW.

You can find your legislator's contact info here: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/
If you don't know who your legislator is you can find out here: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/find-your-representative/

CLICK HERE to read the text of HB 1013.  

CLICK HERE to read the text of SB 190.

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