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

  • Tax Form

    Tax Fraud

    A nationwide identity theft scheme is targeting physicians and leaving the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) liable for hundreds of thousands of dollars in fraudulent tax refunds. As of June, more than 100 Texas Medical Association members notified the association someone had stolen their Social Security numbers and attempted to claim their tax refunds. The IRS and Secret Service are leading an investigation to find the tax fraud perpetrators. Read More

Advocacy Articles

  • Legal
    Virtual Kidnappers Target Texas PhysiciansTMA wants to alert you about a disturbing development that hit the family of medicine in the past several weeks. On separate occasions, individuals contacted physicians in San Antonio, El Paso, and Corpus Christi and claimed to have kidnapped the doctor’s child with the intent to extort money from the physician.
  • Legal
    Sunshine Act Review and Dispute Period Now OpenCMS announced today that the Open Payments system is once again available for physicians and teaching hospitals to register, review and, as needed, dispute financial payment information received from health care manufacturers. The system was taken offline on August 3 to resolve a technical issue. To account for system down time, CMS is extending the time for physicians and teaching hospitals to review their records to September 8, 2014. The public website will be available on September 30, 2014.
  • Veterans
    Congress Passes VA OverhaulOn Thursday, Congress approved a widespread overhaul of the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). TMA has been calling on the nation's leaders to clear existing bureaucratic landmines — slow payment and lack of interaction between the VA and the private sector, for instance — so private-sector physicians can help get veterans the timely care they need.
  • Texas Medicine
    TMA-Backed Law Prompts Medicaid Red-Tape ReliefApparently, the state got the message loud and clear: Physicians and patients are overly frustrated with the myriad administrative roadblocks that came along with the expansion of Medicaid managed care in Texas. Thanks to the Texas Medical Association's advocacy during the 2013 legislative session and the successful passage of Senate Bill 1150, relief from red tape may finally be in sight.
  • Hospital Medical Staff
    CMS Opts Not to Delay Medical Staff RegsIn a formal comment letter to the CMS, the TMA, the AMA, and more than 80 other medical societies urged the agency to give hospital medical staffs more time to study and prepare to implement a new rule that makes "unprecedented changes to the Medicare hospital Conditions of Participation (CoPs) that will dramatically alter the make-up and efficacy of hospital medical staffs nationwide."
  • Licensure
    TMA Wants Medical Aid for Central American RefugeesThe Central American women and children streaming into South Texas need medical assistance, and they need it now, says TMA President Austin King, MD, who traveled to McAllen to personally survey the crisis.
  • Scope of Practice
    TMA Opposes Nurse Practitioner PlanProposed new rules regulating the scope of practice of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) would illegally allow APRNs to make medical diagnoses, and the proposed rules ignore key tenets of a new state law, TMA and nine other state medical societies wrote in a formal comment letter to the Texas State Board of Nursing (TBN).
  • Medicare
    Price Transparency Efforts Target PhysiciansAs governments and employers look for ways to curb growing health care costs, and as patients bear a higher share of their medical bills, policymakers in Texas and beyond increasingly target physicians in their efforts to unveil health care prices. They couch such "price transparency" as a way to help patients make more informed health care decisions.
  • Health System Reform
    ACA Exchange Plans: Q&A for Texas PhysiciansConfused 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. MembersOnlyRed

Texas Legislature

TMA's Legislative Report Card

Most wins in a decade! Texas patients and their physicians won big at the state Capitol. Read More