TMA In Action

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    It’s Time to Say Thank-You for SGR Repeal!

    Texans in Congress played a huge role in getting HR 2, the bill that repealed Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, passed into law. These leaders, and all who voted for the bill, deserve our thanks. (Here's the list — with phone numbers to call.) Read More

Advocacy Articles

  • Medicare
    AMA Provides SGR Repeal Bill Summary, TimelineThe American Medical Association's legislative counsel has prepared documents on the recently enacted Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), also known as HR 2.
  • Health Insurance
    Balance-Billing Ban Back in 2015 LegislatureRenewed attention stems in part from interim charges that tasked the Senate State Affairs and House Insurance committees to look at whether existing laws dating back to 2007 are working to inform patients ahead of time when out-of-network physicians might balance-bill them for services their health plans don't fully cover. The issue is in the national spotlight, too, with the proliferation of high-deductible and narrow-network plans sold in the Accountable Care Act insurance marketplace. New federal rules take aim at ACA plans' inadequate networks and inaccurate physician and hospital directories.
  • Legislature
    TDI Sets Standard Drug Preauthorization Form Building on a TMA-supported win from last legislative session, the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) adopted a rule last month that creates a standard prior authorization form for prescription drug benefits. Prescribing physicians and other practitioners can use the form to request prior authorization from health benefit plan issuers.
  • Texas Medicine
    TMA Battles Host of Dangerous Scope-of-Practice Bills The Affordable Care Act promotes collaboration and team treatment of patients. TMA agrees collaborative care is crucial, but the association wants to ensure physicians remain the head of the team. With the Texas Legislature in full swing, physicians face several bills that would challenge that leadership and expand the scope of practice for nurses, chiropractors, and other health professionals without a license to practice medicine.
  • Telemedicine
    Medical Board Wages War Over Telephone TreatmentA case working its way through Texas courts could nix operations at a company that provides telephone patient consultations. Dallas-based Teladoc claims a phone call with a licensed physician can serve as a convenient supplement when patients don't have the time or money to see their primary care doctors. TMB argues a physician must examine a new patient face-to-face before providing care remotely.
  • Public Health
    FDA: Lead Poisoning Possibly Linked to Bo Ying CompoundAn April 10 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notice encourages health care professionals and consumers to report to the agency's MedWatch adverse event reporting program any adverse events potentially related to Bo Ying compound, due to the potential risk of lead poisoning in those who use it.
  • 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