TMA In Action

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    Texas Negligence Case to Proceed in New Mexico

    Texas physician Eldo Frezza, MD, is facing a negligence lawsuit filed in New Mexico, but he has organized medicine on his side. Frezza v. Montaño has reached the New Mexico Supreme Court after lower courts ruled New Mexico law should apply to the case. Read More

Advocacy Articles

  • Health Insurance
    Health Plans Forced to Clean Up Network DirectoriesA new TMA-backed law calls on health plans to clean up their network directories to ensure patients have the most up-to-date information on which physicians are in their plans. House Bill 1624 by Rep. John Smithee (R-Amarillo) requires health plans to post their directories online, update them monthly, and promptly respond to and correct reports of inaccuracies.
  • Medicaid
    1115 Medicaid Waiver Up for RenewalTexas' Medicaid Transformation Waiver faces some old and new problems that could ruffle renewal of the multibillion dollar initiative to prop up the state's safety net hospitals while testing new ways to reform care delivery for Medicaid and uninsured patients. Without federal approval, the waiver expires in September 2016. As exemplified elsewhere, the government has indicated a lack of Medicaid expansion efforts could hamper the renewal process.
  • 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.
  • Legislature
    TMA's 2015 Legislative Victories Build on Past AchievementsThis 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.
  • Texas Medicine
    New Pain Management RegsTMB has adopted amendments to clarify just how set in stone the board's chronic pain treatment rules are and to ensure patients receive treatment that matches the evolving standard of care. The changes, as TMB stated in its rule proposal last spring, "are more clearly delineated as minimum requirements that a physician must do in every case when treating pain."
  • Prescribing
    Naloxone Prescription Law Gives More People a Chance to Save a LifeA new law allows physicians to prescribe an opioid antagonist to a person in danger of an opioid-related overdose or to anyone who can help the opioid user.
  • 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 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