Tort-reform bill that caps non-economic damages passed by House, but faces Senate challenge from Democrats and GOP conservatives.
Risk managers suggest limiting electronic exchanges with patients to straightforward messages free of sarcasm or potentially confusing abbreviations.
A cap on noneconomic damages, a certificate-of-merit requirement and strengthened expert-witness standards are among new safeguards for physicians.
A Texas court denied a pathologist qualified immunity. If the decision stands, physicians will face another incentive to practice defensive medicine.
In a win for patients and physicians, the state Supreme Court protects peer-reviewed materials that help prevent errors and improve public health.