ICT Mourns Dr. William Nemeth
The workers' compensation community mourns the passing of Dr. William Nemeth, former Medical Director at Texas DWC. The physician, that many in the industry credit with introducing a medical quality review program, died unexpectedly Saturday, December 28, 2019 at age 74. From 2000 to 2006, Dr. Nemeth was medical director for the Texas Workers' Compensation Commission, which became the Division of Workers' Compensation. His contributions to the industry leave a lasting imprint and Texas is better for his unwavering passion.
ICT Executive Director, Albert Betts, statement on the passing of Dr. William Nemeth, MD.
I was saddened to learn about the sudden passing of Dr. Bill Nemeth, who I had the honor of working with when I served as workers’ compensation commissioner. My first memory of Dr. Nemeth was during the summer of 2005, before I became commissioner, and watching him testify before the House Business and Industry committee. He was being asked tough questions about the medical quality review program and under fire from some of the committee members for the program’s approach. What amazed me was his clear conviction in the good the program was doing and his unwillingness to “back down” despite some less than friendly questioning. He and I later discussed the fact that he built the medical quality review program and tried to do the best he could to make sure it helped to identify those providers who were not acting in the best interests of their patients. After working with him, it was clear that he truly believed in and championed good medical treatment for injured workers. Even after he left the agency, he continued to work to improve medical treatment and outcomes for all patients. I admired him for his knowledge, his dedication to the medical profession, and his principles. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones.