TMA In Action

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    Capitol Success: TMA's 2015 Legislative Victories Build on Past Achievements

    This legislative session, medicine resolved to ensure physicians can give their patients the best care possible. The hard work paid off in significant victories that largely build on the TMA's 2013 legislative successes. Read More

Advocacy Articles

  • U.S. Congress
    Make an August House Call on Your Senators and RepresentativeThis month, members of Congress will be home for the August recess. TMA urges physicians to make appointments with your senators and representative in August to share medicine's prescription for federal health care changes.
  • HIT
    Feds Answer Questions on ICD-10 FlexibilitiesThe CMS released a "Clarifying Questions and Answers" document to help explain its July 6 announcement of a year's worth of slightly relaxed standards on the new ICD-10 coding system. As questions still appear to outnumber answers, Texas physicians should turn to the TMA's extensive set of tools and resources to help prepare for the transition.
  • Medicare
    Report Examines New Medicare Payment SystemsThe new Medicare Watch List report from The Physicians Foundation examines the implications of the new Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and future payment models established after the elimination of the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
  • Advocacy
    TMA 2015 Advocacy Retreat, Dec. 4-5Join other physician leaders from around the State as we gather to recap the 84th Texas Legislative Session and discuss the future of Texas Healthcare at TMA's 2015 Advocacy Retreat. All meetings will take place December 4-5 at the Omni Barton Creek Resort in Austin.
  • Telemedicine
    TMA Participates in Medical Board Call Coverage Stakeholder MeetingLast month, during a meeting with telemedicine stakeholders, the TMB requested insight about the need for rulemaking pertaining to "call coverage" and telemedicine. TMB did not provide any proposed language for discussion. Rather, TMB staff used the open discussion to obtain input and suggestions for future presentation to TMB members as they decide whether to make any revisions to telemedicine call coverage regulations.
  • Legal
    Fair Evaluations, No Witch HuntsPhysicians have greater protection against "sham" peer review thanks to a decision by the Texas Supreme Court. The decision will help physicians who believe business competitors or a hospital's administrators are using every means available to destroy their reputation.
  • Advocacy
    TMA Tells Feds to Scrap Meaningful Use RuleTMA's comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on proposed meaningful use Stage 3 rules offer a number of suggestions, including dismantling the program and "adopting reasonable baseline rules that physicians can meet to avoid penalties under the meaningful use program and additional requirements they may meet to receive incentive payments.

Special Report

Healthy Vision 2020

The fields of engagement — the Texas Legislature, U.S. Congress, courts, state and federal bureaucracies — are many. The issues are all-encompassing. But TMA’s approach is clear in this second edition. Read More