TMA In Action

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    Huge Victory for Medicine: No More SGR!

    Shout it from the rooftops: Success (finally)! Last night, medicine achieved the biggest victory since the passage of Texas' 2003 tort reform liability protections. Just hours before a 21-percent pay cut to physicians was set to take effect, the Senate approved the bill to repeal Medicare's fatally flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, permanently and immediately. Read More

Advocacy Articles

  • 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.
  • Texas Legislature
    Medicine's Bills Pick Up SpeedWith roughly six weeks to go in the Texas Legislature, lawmakers near the finish line in drafting a state budget for the next two years with significant improvements over last session that march the House of Medicine closer to accomplishing its goals. With House and Senate committees in full swing as well, TMA is tracking a plethora of bills on the move that could help or hurt medicine's agenda.
  • Public Health
    DSHS, CDC Issue Listeria Testing, Medical GuidanceThe recent Listeria outbreak linked to Blue Bell Ice Cream prompted the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to issue a health advisory that recommends testing patients who have fever and other symptoms consistent with listeriosis, are at increased risk of invasive listeriosis, and may have been exposed to Listeria through a potentially contaminated product.
  • Legislature
    First Tuesdays at the CapitolThe "White Coat Invasion" is almost over. Get involved before it's too late. Just one First Tuesdays at the Capitol left in the 2015 legislative session. Be a lobbyist for a day -- for your practice, for your patients, for your profession. Our senators and representatives listen when their hometown doctors appear in their offices. Be part of Texas medicine's strongest weapon - May 5.
  • 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.
  • Health Insurance
    The Truth About Balance BillingA pair of newly developed TMA resources examine how insurance plans' network designs and payment decisions are leaving many Texans with "surprise bills" for health care services.
  • Texas Medicine
    TMA Policy Considers Educational, Workforce Benefits of MoonlightingTMA's Committee on Physician Distribution and Health Care Access raised concerns that medical schools and residency programs may become overly restrictive of the practice of moonlighting since the Accreditation Council for GME recently required moonlighting to count toward a resident's total work-hour cap of 80 hours per week. In response, TMA's Council on Medical Education adopted a policy put forth by the physician distribution committee that encourages medical schools and residency programs in Texas to reconsider broad limitations or even prohibitions on resident moonlighting. The policy goes before the TMA House of Delegates at its annual meeting in May. 

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