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
    ICD-10 Grace Period Eases Burden But Doesn't Delay ImplementationOn July 6, the AMA and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) jointly announced elements of a "grace period" for the Oct. 1, 2015, implementation of the ICD-10 medical billing and coding system. This is good news but not the deliverance physicians were hoping for. Find out what the grace period is and is not.
  • Legal
    CMS Posts Full Year of 2014 Open Payments Data Totaling $6.49 BillionCMS published 2014 Open Payments data detailing transfers of value by drug and medical device makers to health care professionals. The data include information about 11.4 million financial transactions attributed to more than 600,000 physicians and 1,100 teaching hospitals, totaling $6.49 billion.
  • Medicare
    Medicare Payments to Physicians Increased 0.5 Percent on July 1Doctors' Medicare payments increased 0.5 percent on July 1 under the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula repeal bill. To replace the SGR, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 created an alternative set of annual payment updates.
  • 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.
  • Public Health
    TMA Advocates Full Physical, History to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Student AthletesThe natural emotional reaction to the death of a young person is often to advocate doing anything and everything to prevent more young hearts from giving out well before their time. Three years ago, the tragic death of Cody Stephens, a student athlete at Crosby High School, pushed his father and like-minded legislators into action. On May 6, 2012, Cody, who had been a football player at Crosby and was just weeks from graduating, took a nap at his home and never woke up. Cody died from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). His father, Scott Stephens, didn't know his son had a heart condition.
  • 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