FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 04/25/2013
HOUSE PASSES HB 1247 TO ALLOW NACOGDOCHES MEMORIAL HOSPITAL TO HIRE DOCTORS DIRECTLY
AUSTIN – Today the Texas House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 1247 which allows Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital to hire its own physicians instead of entering into contracts for labor.
"This is an enormous victory for Nacogdoches and East Texas," said Representative Clardy. "This will help ensure that Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital continues to be a leader in providing excellent care to the indigent population of Nacogdoches County. I also believe this will give doctors more choices as they come to work at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital."
Texas is one of just a few states that generally prohibits the Corporate Practice of Medicine, or the direct employment and control of physicians by non-physician entities, such as government-run hospitals. Therefore, many of Texas’ county hospitals must contract with physician groups rather than individual physicians which can be a significant impediment to recruiting and the establishment of quality health care in rural areas.
"This isn't just a rural issue, it's a Texas issue," said Representative Clardy. "This bill will ensure that the citizens of Nacogdoches and surrounding counties are not forgotten, and that they have the access to the care they need."
H.B. 1247 is now on its way to the Senate where Senator Robert Nichols will be sponsoring this important legislation. "Senator Nichols understands this key issue and his valued leadership will help propel this bill to the Governor's desk. I can't thank the Senator enough," said Representative Clardy.
Rep. Clardy is currently serving his first term as the State Representative for House District 11, which includes Cherokee, Nacogdoches, and Rusk Counties. Clardy is a member of the Higher Education, Local & Consent Calendars, and Special Purpose Districts Committees.
Contact: Kelly Barnes