The Texas Hospital Association (THA) is like life support to a vital group of institutions. The not-for-profit organization supports more than 460 hospitals and health systems in Texas primarily through lobbying -- on both state and federal levels. THA also offers it members education and training, and through affiliations with other providers, THA offers insurance, consulting, and software. The association publishes the bi-monthly Texas Hospitals, which updates members on issues and trends in the hospital industry; Rural Route, a bi-monthly for rural and small hospitals; and HOSPAC Notes on the group's Political Action Committee's activities. THA was founded in 1930 by a group of hospital administrators.
The association, along with the Texas Medical Association and Texas Alliance for Patient Access, is a party to a lawsuit that is seeking to obtain a ruling on the constitutionality of the caps on non-economic damages passed in 2003. The THA, in its effort to head off an assault on the comprehensive medical liability reforms in 2009, has begun to build its case for the positive impact of caps in improving access to physicians and hospital services. THA in 2008 also testified before the Senate State Affairs committee regarding the improved ability of hospitals to recruit physicians and provide on-call specialty services. – less