Standing Up for Texas Doctors

Lubbock Docs in Circle at Capitol
TMA Battles Dangerous Scope BillsWith the Texas Legislature in full swing, physicians face several bills that would challenge that leadership and expand the scope of practice for nurses, chiropractors, and other health professionals without a license to practice medicine. "A lot of them are reaching beyond what they've been educated and trained to do," says TMA Trustee Gary Floyd, MD. "That puts patients in danger."
Dan McCoy - Medicare Meltdown News Conference
Victory! Congress Finally Repeals SGR“An immense weight has been lifted from the shoulders of American medicine," TMA President Austin King, MD, said after the U.S. Senate voted 92-8 to repeal the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate formula. The move follows overwhelming approval in the House in late March and also averts a slated 21-percent cut in physicians' Medicare payments.
Dr. Shah
Bill Aims to Attract Mental Health ProfessionalsIt's no surprise Texas is lacking in mental health professionals. Senate Bill 239 by Sen. Charles Schwertner, MD, is moving through the Texas Legislature. The bill would offer a loan remittance program to medical graduates choosing to practice as mental health professionals in an underserved Texas county.Seven of Texas’ largest physician organizations — representing more than 48,000 physicians and medical students — today urged state House and Senate budget negotiators to “craft a cost-effective budget that addresses Texas significant health care needs.”
Moy, Strate, and Klawitter at Podium
Healthy Vision 2020, Second EditionTMA Board of Trustees releases updated strategic roadmap for TMA's state and federal advocacy initiatives for the remainder of the decade. "Our government must make it easier — not more difficult — for us to care for our patients," says TMA President Austin King, MD.

Explore Three Top Member Benefits

Get the Most Out of Your MembershipTMA offers members a wealth of exclusive benefits from practice consulting and advocacy to numerous tools and services. Click the tabs above to learn more about three of our top members-only benefits.
Compliance tab
Top Benefit #1: TMA Knowledge CenterThe Knowledge Center offers access to thousands of resources and publications, an extensive compilation of answers to your burning questions, as well as knowledgeable staff available to address questions or concerns via phone or email. Our experts have answered 4,427 member inquiries already this year.
Practice Help Technology
Top Benefit #2: Hassle Factor LogLet TMA help you recover money from incorrectly processed claims, revive lost and delayed Medicare enrollment applications, and more. TMA recovered more than $1.6 million for members using the Hassle Factor Log in 2014.
BIlling and Coding tab
Top Benefit #3: TMA Education CenterThe Education Center offers members convenient, on-demand access to more than 100 quality CME courses and programming. TMA members and their staff also enjoy discounts on all CME. TMA has awarded more than 80,000 CME credits to Texas physicians, and counting.

The Information Texas Doctors Need

  • Hydrocodone Switch

    We answer your frequently asked questions. On Oct. 6, 2014, the US Drug Enforcement Administration reclassified drugs that contain hydrocodone combinations from Schedule III to Schedule II. What does it mean for you and your patients? READ MORE
  • Our Fearless Leader

    TMA President Tom Garcia, MD, is traveling the state to stand up for medicine. Let him know what you think on the President's Page. READ MORE
  • Deadlines for Doctors

    Between caring for patients, insurance company demands, government regulations, and the latest medical technology, there are never enough hours in a day. That's why TMA developed Deadlines for Doctors, a tool giving you and your staff a big-picture view of upcoming state and federal compliance timelines and key health policy issues that impact Texas physicians. READ MORE
  • In the Spotlight

    Passionate Professor Wins Distinguished Service Award

    Donald W. Seldin, MD, a real giant of American medicine, received TMA's Distinguished Service Award, a well-deserved crown for a lifetime of leadership. READ MORE

Education & Events

  • New TMA Publication

    Got questions? We've got answers.
    Pulled from the TMA Knowledge Center’s decades of experience fielding TMA members’ questions, these answers provide essential information about topics common to practices across the state. Plus - earn CME!

  • New TMA Publication

    Mastering Patient Flow, fourth edition
    This practical, must-read book offers an updated assessment of a medical practice from the most important point of view: that of the patient.

  • TMA Leadership College

    July 1 Deadline
    TMA Leadership College graduates serve as thought leaders who can close the divide among clinicians and health care policymakers, and as trusted leaders within their local communities. Applications for the Class of 2016 are due by July 1.

  • ICD-10 TrainingCustomized, With CME
    Looking for customized, on-site ICD-10 training with CME? Email our Distance Learning Manager for details and a quote.