TMA In Action

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    TMA's 2015 Legislative Victories Build on Past Successes

    In a 2015 legislative session marked by new state leadership, new money, and big shifts in how Texas' major health care agencies oversee care delivery, the House of Medicine remained as steady as ever in its mission to ensure physicians can give their patients the best care possible. That resolve paid off in significant victories that largely build on the Texas Medical Association's 2013 legislative successes. Read More

Advocacy Articles

  • HIT Advocacy
    Call for Two-Year ICD-10 Grace Period Gains National SupportPhysician leaders from three states have joined the TMA in asking the federal government to help doctors dodge disaster by adopting a two-year, penalty-free grace period to shift to the new ICD-10 medical billing and coding system. The four largest state medical associations — from Texas, California, Florida, and New York — sent a letter to Andy Slavitt, acting administrator for CMS, which will roll out the mandatory shift to ICD-10 on Oct. 1.
  • Licensure
    Victory! CSR Permit Program to Be Eliminated Next YearThanks to TMA advocacy this legislative session, the controlled substances registration permit program will be eliminated, effective Sept. 1, 2016. Senate Bill 195 by Sen. Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown), and Rep. Myra Crownover (R-Denton) also moves the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program from the Texas Department of Public Safety to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy and broadens physicians’ authority to delegate who can access the information.
  • Telemedicine
    Federal Judge Sides With Teladoc, Blocks TMB Telemedicine RuleLast month, U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman granted Teladoc's request for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction that blocks TMB's recently adopted telemedicine rule, which prohibits prescription of dangerous drugs or controlled substances without a "defined physician-patient relationship." That includes a physical examination via face-to-face visit or in-person evaluation, as TMB defines those terms in the rules
  • Medicare
    R.I.P. SGRMedicine's united voice was instrumental in successfully repealing the flawed Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula used for years to pay physicians. Doctors say the elimination of SGR frees medicine to advocate for other lingering issues affecting Medicare.
  • 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.
  • Public Health
    DSHS Issues Cyclospora Health AdvisoryThe Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) issued a health advisory encouraging physicians to test patients for Cyclospora if they have diarrheal illness lasting more than a few days or diarrhea accompanied by severe anorexia or fatigue. DSHS received reports of more than 40 cases of Cyclospora infection in June.

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