Rural Hospitals Hope to Change Hiring Law

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A Texas law dating back to the 1800s that keeps hospitals from directly hiring doctors comes up before lawmakers again today, in a flurry of bills designed to remove the ban — either for an individual hospital district, or for all the state's rural hospitals. 

Supporters of the “corporate practice of medicine” law say the rule keeps doctors independent, and keeps hospitals from meddling in the care a doctor gives their patient. Opponents argue the law — which already has exceptions and work-arounds for many hospitals — is hurting rural facilities that struggle to recruit doctors.

Don McBeath, director of advocacy for ...

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