• Standing Up for You With State Agencies

    From the Texas Department of Insurance and the Texas Medical Board to the Health and Human Services Commission and the Higher Education Coordinating Board, state agencies have a tremendous amount of power to control physicians' practices. By watching what the agencies are doing, commenting on rules they propose to implement new laws, or fighting those rules in court, TMA leads the battle for physicians and their patients.

    Someone has to watch the agencies -- and here's where you can watch the watchers.

  • Our Latest Agency Actions for You

    • Tips for Caring for Central American Immigrant Families
      So it's a typical day at your office. You walk into the exam room to find a Honduran mother and her two young children, brand new to this country and fresh off a bus ride from the Border Patrol processing station in McAllen. What do you have to do to make sure they're healthy and to protect your community from disease?
    • Texas Investigating Potential Measles Exposures
      A health alert issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) advises physicians to consider measles in their diagnoses. The department published the alert following notification by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment that more than 30 Texans may have been exposed to the highly contagious disease at a Wichita, Kan., softball event during the Fourth of July weekend.
    • TMA Weighs in on Public Health, Medicaid Funding
      Last week, TMA submitted comments regarding the 2016-17 legislative appropriations request from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Texas Department of State Health Services.
    • Projected ICD-10 Conversion Costs Triple
      The costs for physician practices to implement the federally mandated transition to the ICD-10 code set are three times earlier estimates, according to a new American Medical Association study.
    • TMA, AMA Tell Feds to Expedite RAC Audit Appeals
      It’s a terrible idea to announce a 28-month delay in handling appeals just as physicians’ frustration and ire with Medicare recovery audit contractors (RACs) are mounting, TMA, the American Medical Association, and nearly 100 other physician organizations told a federal official. They called for an immediate solution to the appeals hearings backlog that has caused the delay.