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What We Won
TMA got healthy results in the session
Stop the Meltdown
TMA fights to keep physicians in Medicare
Recap of the 83rd Session
10 Years of Service
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Health Care Delivery
Where the Action Is
What's Our Policy?
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Healthy Vision 2020
Healthy Vision 2020
, our strategic roadmap for TMA's state and federal advocacy initiatives for the remainder of the decade.
TMA Advocacy for Patients and Physicians
Act Now SGR Repeal Closer Than Ever
The “SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014” (H.R. 4014/S. 2000), was introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Its author is U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, MD (R-Lewisville). It features the handiwork of Rep. Kevin Brady (R-The Woodlands). And it has the support of key congressional leaders from both parties and in both chambers.
“We may not get this opportunity again,” said TMA President Stephen L. Brotherton, MD. “Take action now to support permanent SGR repeal.”
Scope of Practice
Board Pulls Plan for Pharmacists to Check Diagnoses
The Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) quickly killed a proposal that would have required pharmacists to contact the prescribing physician for each new patient with a prescription for a controlled substance.
Vote for the Party of Medicine
Please vote early, and encourage your family, friends, colleagues, partners, staff, and patients to do the same. And don't forget, you can vote at any early voting site in your county, not just at your home precinct.
Health System Reform
ACA Exchange Plans: Q&A for Texas Physicians
Confused by all you've heard about the Affordable Care Act marketplace insurance plans? Do you know whether you're in — or out — of the narrow networks? How will you tell if a patient is on an exchange plan? What happens to you if patients don't make their premium payments? What, if anything, can you do about all of this? TMA answers these and other tough marketplace exchange questions.
TMA, AMA Tell Feds to Expedite RAC Audit Appeals
It's a terrible idea to announce a 28-month delay in handling appeals just as physicians' frustration and ire with Medicare recovery audit contractors (RACs) are mounting, TMA, the American Medical Association, and nearly 100 other physician organizations told a federal official.
TMA Evaluates New Policy on Medical Licensing Tests
Three tests, three chances per test, and a total of seven years. Those are the general rules and timeframes physicians must follow in passing the necessary exams to get licensed to practice medicine in Texas, most commonly the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).
Health System Reform
TMA: Don't Make Docs Pay For Inaccurate Plan Directories
Calling it either "an enormously unfortunate oversight" or "a government grab at discount health care services," TMA is vehemently opposing a new federal policy regarding physician participation in the Affordable Care Act exchange marketplace health plans. The policy is one of the "smooth transition" policies the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommended in an interim final rule published Dec. 17, 2013.
Court Keeps Injunction in United Medicare Advantage Case
A federal appeals court has refused to allow UnitedHealthcare to continue kicking physicians out of its Medicare Advantage plans. On Dec. 12, the court declined United's request to lift an injunction against the insurer and referred the case to a three-judge panel. The appeals court ordered the parties in the lawsuit to file briefs later this month.
Answers to Questions About the New Health Insurance Marketplace
TMA’s “Hey, Doc” educational campaign will provide objective and nonpartisan answers to your most frequently asked questions about the new ACA health insurance marketplace. We want to ensure all Texans understand what the marketplace does and what steps they need to take.
Survey Shows Lawmakers' Thoughts on Public Health
Thanks to results of the 2013 Texas Health Perception Survey, you now have an idea of what Texas legislators think as they consider public health policies and initiatives each session. The results provide insight on lawmakers' knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs related to obesity prevention and related health measures.
TMA's Legislative Report Card
Most wins in a decade! Texas patients and their physicians won big at the state Capitol.
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