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

  • 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
  • HIT Advocacy
    AMA Calls for Two-Year ICD-10 Grace Period If Coding Transition ImplementedThe American Medical Association House of Delegates unanimously adopted the Texas-backed proposal to ask the federal government to adopt a two-year, penalty-free grace period following the expected Oct. 1 mandatory implementation of the new ICD-10 coding system.
  • 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
    CDC Issues Bird Flu Health AdvisoryThe CDC issued a health advisory concerning identification of highly-pathogenic avian influenza A H5 viruses in U.S. birds. CDC says public health workers and clinicians need to be aware of the potential for human infection with these viruses and should follow CDC recommendations for patient investigation and testing and for infection control, including the use of personal protective equipment and antiviral treatment and prophylaxis.
  • Advocacy
    TMA Asks Feds to Avert ICD-10 CalamityDescribing the Oct. 1 mandatory transition to ICD-10 as a "potential calamity," TMA President Austin King, MD, asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to consider some moves that would make the transition less risky for physicians and patients.

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