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Tangled Sutures: A Tale of Triumph and Loss in a Professional Liability Lawsuit
This book tells of the fallout that can occur after a physician’s practice and career are disrupted by meddling medical liability lawsuits. Even though the case of Eldo Frezza, MD, ended in his favor — and with an outcome positive for Texas physicians — it exacted a significant toll on his career and personal life.
The Texas Medical Association has long fought against the tide against frivolous medical liability lawsuits, and in 2003, secured significant protections in landmark tort reform legislation. This story illustrates how significant these tort reform protections are, because it was those very protections that the plaintiff in Dr. Frezza’s case was trying to circumvent.
In these pages, Dr. Frezza shares the deep stress, isolation, and sense of life unraveling he experienced as his case dragged on for nearly six years. In a bout of soul-searching, he examines what about himself led to this experience and what he must do to weave a fresh future.
Released: Oct. 5, 2018
Expires: Oct. 5, 2021
This course is developed for students, residents, and physicians in all specialties.
This program addresses the following desirable physician attributes:
- Patient Care and Procedural Skills
Upon completion of this enduring material, readers should be able to:
- Summarize the case of Montaño v. Frezza;
- Explain the impact of the New Mexico Supreme Court decision on Texas physicians;
- Apply safeguards to mitigate the risk of treating out-of-state patients;
- Outline Texas House Bill 4 tort reform and Proposition 12;
- Identify litigation stress syndrome, symptoms, and strategies for coping; and
- Describe the personal and professional impact of being on the receiving end of a professional liability lawsuit.
The participant is required to read the course in its entirety and complete a post-test and course evaluation to obtain credit.
No refunds will be processed for this product.Sponsored by
TMLT — Earn a 3-Percent Professional Liability Insurance Discount
Physicians who are insured with the Texas Medical Liability Trust may earn a 3-percent discount for completion of 2 hours of approved risk management CME lectures.
|2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (Enduring)
The Texas Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Texas Medical Association designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
On select courses, the Texas Medical Association requires physician to complete 70-percent of the test questions correctly to receive credit for this course.
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This course has been designated for 2 credit(s) of education in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.
TMLT policyholders who complete this program may earn a 3-percent discount that will be applied to their next eligible policy premium.
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