The Doctor’s Advocate | Third Quarter 2012

New Mexico Physician Advisory Board Update

by Stephen H. Haynes, MD

The Doctors Company’s New Mexico Physician Advisory Board met recently in Albuquerque. The board members represent a wide variety of physician specialties, including orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, family practice, and anesthesiology. Several representatives from The Doctors Company also attended the meeting.

The physicians heard an informative report from the New Mexico Medical Society attorney and lobbyist on the results of the recently concluded 2012 30-day session of the New Mexico Legislature in Santa Fe. The attorney focused on the status of proposed medical tort reform in New Mexico. The board was informed that the New Mexico Medical Malpractice Act remains unchanged currently, with ongoing debate among the interested parties as to the likelihood of future amendments or separate legislation being pursued during the next session in 2013. However, the New Mexico Court of Appeals has issued its opinion that medical corporations are entitled to coverage under the act.

The board was informed that the constitutional amendment regarding the State Department of Insurance passed the legislature, and, if passed by voters this November, will result in the removal of the department from the supervision of the State Public Regulatory Commission. It will be placed directly under the supervision of the governor’s office, an action thought to streamline the functioning of the Insurance Department.

Members were provided with separate timely reports on a number of New Mexico underwriting, marketing, and claims matters. Discussion took place after each report, and questions from the physicians were answered.

A number of the current advisory board members have served on this board since its inception in 1997. All are active and involved leaders in their respective medical communities in New Mexico. Many are past presidents of the New Mexico Medical Society.

Our board members are very appreciative of and responsive to the variety of relevant and useful information they receive and take back to their medical communities.

Stephen H. Haynes, MD, is board certified in general surgery. Dr. Haynes has been in private practice for the past 30 years in Clovis, New Mexico. He has held multiple positions in the state medical community, including president of the New Mexico Medical Society. He was a member of the American Physicians Capital Board of Directors. He served as governor of the New Mexico Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Haynes leads The Doctors Company’s New Mexico Physician Advisory Board.

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