U.S. Congress

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    Write to Congress to Ask for Two-Year ICD-10 Delay

    Join physicians from across the United States to ask Congress for a two-year delay in ICD-10. Ask Congress to delay the mandatory implementation until October 2017 so you and your colleagues can spend more time on patient care. Your patients deserve it. Read More

Advocacy Articles

  • Medicaid
    TMA Backs Plan to Revamp Medicaid Fraud CopsThe state's use of freezing payments to physicians suspected of possible Medicaid fraud "has gone beyond the law's intent," according to a 225-page report on the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) by the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission. The report describes the HHSC Office of Inspector General (OIG) as an agency with poorly trained staff and little accountability or transparency.
  • Public Health
    State Gives "All Clear" on Dallas Ebola CasesIn 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."
  • Legal
    Guidance on Prescribing Schedule II Hydrocodone ProductsOver TMA's objections, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) last month published a final rule in the Federal Register reclassifying drugs that contain hydrocodone combinations from Schedule III to Schedule II.
  • Scope of Practice
    Dentists Widen Scope, Nurses Withdraw RulesThanks to opposition from TMA and other organizations, the Texas Board of Nursing (TBON) has withdrawn proposed rules that would have allowed advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to make medical diagnoses. TMA works continually to promote patient safety and physicians' role as leaders in the health care delivery team.
  • Taxes
    Tax FraudA 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 TMA members notified the association someone had stolen their Social Security numbers and attempted to claim their tax refunds.
  • 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

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