TMA Advocacy for Patients and Physicians

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    What if Someone Walks Into My Office With Ebola?

    Before the unexpected event happens — whether it's a possible Ebola patient or someone with another dangerous infectious disease coming to your office — physicians in the outpatient setting should be aware of the recommendations for personal protective equipment and environmental infection control measures in ambulatory settings. The TMA Committee on Infectious Diseases urges you to study that document and make sure you are prepared. Read More

Advocacy Articles

  • 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.
  • TEXPAC
    Make a Plan, Vote for the Party of MedicineThe barrage of political ads around the 10 pm news tells us it's election time. From U.S. senator to dog catcher, candidates are asking for your vote.
  • 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Nurses Withdraw RulesThanks to opposition from TMA and other organizations, the Texas Board of Nursing (TBON) has withdrawn proposed rules that would have allowed advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to make medical diagnoses.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.
  • Affordable Care Act
    D.C. Judges' Decision Means Premium Hike for Texas PatientsOn July 22, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the government should not be providing premium subsidies to consumers buying health insurance in states like Texas that use HealthCare.gov, the federally run ACA insurance exchange. But, later the same day, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Va., upheld the current practice of allowing premium subsidies for anyone buying health insurance in either the federal marketplace or a state exchange. The U.S. Supreme Court will likely sort out the confusion.
  • 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.
  • Texas Medicine
    TMA-Backed Law Prompts Medicaid Red-Tape ReliefApparently, the state got the message loud and clear: Physicians and patients are overly frustrated with the myriad administrative roadblocks that came along with the expansion of Medicaid managed care in Texas. Thanks to the Texas Medical Association's advocacy during the 2013 legislative session and the successful passage of Senate Bill 1150, relief from red tape may finally be in sight.
  • 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