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    New Mexico Court Urged to Heed Texas Tort Reforms

    A medical liability case involving a Texas physician who provided care to a New Mexico resident in Texas should not be governed by New Mexico's far weaker tort laws, TMA, the Texas Alliance for Patient Access, the New Mexico Medical Society, and dozens of other physician groups in both states wrote in a brief to the New Mexico Supreme Court. Read More

Advocacy Articles

  • 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.
  • Texas Legislature
    Lawmakers Get Head Start on 2017 Health Care IssuesThe 140 days the Texas Constitution allocates every other year for a state legislative session is never enough time for lawmakers to study and grasp all they need to do with the most complex issues. House and Senate committees use the time between sessions — the interim — to conduct research, hold hearings, and draft bills. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus have laid out their interim charges to the committees; health care issues will get a share of legislators' attention.
  • Advocacy
    Meaningful Use? Or Meaningless AbuseThe federal government never seems to tire in its campaign to heap more useless requirements onto physicians' practices. Despite the hard work of  TMA and organized medicine, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services insists on moving ahead with Stage 3 of the meaningful use electronic health record (EHR) incentive program.
  • Health Insurance
    TMA Tells DOJ Aetna-Humana Merger Bad for TexasThe Texas health insurance market would suffer from reduced competition and potentially higher prices if the federal government approves the pending merger between Humana, Inc. and competing health insurance company Aetna, Inc. According to TMA, the merger also raises concern over anticompetitive effects in the Texas Medicare Advantage insurance market.
  • U.S. Congress
    Medicine Fights Federal Mandates on PhysiciansTMA and the Coalition of State Medical Societies are still fighting to pry some of the regulatory burdens off of physicians' backs. When medicine's leaders returned to Washington last month, the TMA agenda was familiar to senators and representatives.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.

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