Healthy Vision 2020 

Healthy Vision 2020, our strategic roadmap for TMA's state and federal advocacy initiatives for the remainder of the decade.

TMA Advocacy for Patients and Physicians

  • Tax Form

    Secret Service Expects to Make Arrests in Tax Refund Fraud Case

    Last month, the Texas Medical Association first reported Texas physicians are victims of a tax refund/identity theft fraud scheme making waves across the nation. The association has since learned the crime's victims also include physician assistants, advanced practice registered nurses, dentists, podiatrists, and pharmacists. Texas is one of 49 states and the District of Columbia affected by this con. Read More

Advocacy Articles

  • Legal
    Sunshine Act Review and Dispute Period Now OpenAct now if  you want to review Physician Payments Sunshine Act data reported about you before it is available to the public. The review and dispute period for payments reported is July 14 through Aug. 27, 2014.
  • Texas Medicine
    As Telemedicine Evolves, So Do Policies Aiming to Ensure Patient Safety
    In the middle of a delivery, Dr. James Luecke suspected the baby was in respiratory distress but did not have access to a neonatologist at Big Bend Regional Medical Center in remote Alpine, Texas. So the family physician went down the hall to connect to a subspecialist in Lubbock through Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center's (TTUHSC's) telemedicine program. The neonatologist saw through the video and from x-rays that the baby was in trouble and helped Dr. Luecke stabilize her in time for transfer.
  • Hospital Medical Staff
    CMS Opts Not to Delay Medical Staff RegsIn 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."
  • Health Care Delivery
    TMA Repeats: President Obama, Let Private Dos Help Care for VeteransCalling it a “life or death issue,” Texas Medical Association (TMA) President Austin I. King, MD, is repeating his urgent request for President Barack Obama to take immediate action to enable private physicians to care for U.S. veterans.
  • Licensure
    TMA Wants Medical Aid for Central American RefugeesThe Central American women and children streaming into South Texas need medical assistance, and they need it now, says TMA President Austin King, MD, who traveled to McAllen to personally survey the crisis.
  • Scope of Practice
    TMA Opposes Nurse Practitioner PlanProposed new rules regulating the scope of practice of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) would illegally allow APRNs to make medical diagnoses, and the proposed rules ignore key tenets of a new state law, TMA and nine other state medical societies wrote in a formal comment letter to the Texas State Board of Nursing (TBN).
  • Medicare
    Price Transparency Efforts Target PhysiciansAs governments and employers look for ways to curb growing health care costs, and as patients bear a higher share of their medical bills, policymakers in Texas and beyond increasingly target physicians in their efforts to unveil health care prices. They couch such "price transparency" as a way to help patients make more informed health care decisions.
  • Medicaid
    Eligible Primary Care Physicians Get Medicaid Pay IncreaseOn May 7, the Texas Medicaid and Healthcare Partnership (TMHP) began issuing retroactive supplemental Medicaid payments for fee-for-service claims submitted by primary care physicians who qualify for the payment increase as authorized by the Affordable Care Act. 
  • Medicare
    CMS Releases Medicare Physician Payment DataOn Wednesday, April 9, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) gave the public unprecedented access to physician payments and charges for services and procedures provided to Medicare beneficiaries. The CMS online database contains information on more than 880,000 physicians and other health care professionals who collectively received $77 billion in Medicare Part B payments in 2012.
  • 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

Texas Legislature

TMA's Legislative Report Card

Most wins in a decade! Texas patients and their physicians won big at the state Capitol. Read More