• Physicians Tell Congress: Get Government Off of Our Backs

    Leaders from TMA and the medical associations from California, Florida, and New York stormed Capitol Hill with our plan to take the regulatory burden off physicians’ practices.

    The Coalition of State Medical Societies’ priorities included calls for Congress to: 

    • Eliminate federal mandates, like the poorly named “meaningful use” program, that compel physicians to do unnecessary make-work and wade through convoluted reporting systems;
    • Stop the bounty-hunting Medicare Recovery Audit Program contractors (RACs);
    • Maintain the state-based system of licensing physicians;
    • Be prepared to act quickly to protect physicians’ practices from financial problems caused by the new ICD-10 coding system;
    • Clarify that maintenance of certification is not and never will be a nationwide condition for physicians to receive or keep a state license or to participate in Medicare or Medicaid;
    • Allow physicians and patients on Medicare to contract for services directly; and
    • Bolster funding for graduate medical education.


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    April 2015: The Battle to Eliminate the Sustainable Growth Rate Formula is Finally Over!

    • 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.



    • Repeal the SGR; Repeal Harmful and Onerous Federal Regulations -  Administrative costs in the U.S. private and public health care system are more than $361 billion annually — 14 percent of all health care expenditures. Private insurers and Medicare require physicians and their patients to follow too many complex and redundant rules. Physicians employ more billing and posting clerks than any other industry. The huge numbers of regulations, coupled with the ongoing uncertainty in physician Medicare payments, are forcing more doctors out of the program. With the baby boomers coming of Medicare age, we need more physicians available to provide care, not fewer.
    • Physicians under Siege
    • We're Giving Our Veterans Unacceptable Care


  • Latest Health Care News from Congress

    • Make an August House Call on Your Senators and Representative
      This month, members of Congress will be home for the August recess. TMA urges physicians to make appointments with your U.S. representatives in August to share medicine's prescription for federal health care changes.
    • TMA Asks Feds to Avert ICD-10 Calamity
      Describing the Oct. 1 mandatory transition to ICD-10 as a "potential calamity," Texas Medical Association President Austin King, MD, asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to consider some moves that would make the transition less risky for physicians and patients.
    • TMA's Top 10 Recommendations
      Healthy Vision 2020, Second Edition: TMA's top 10 recommendations
    • Congress Patches SGR, Delays ICD-10
      Congress has done it again. For the 17th time, lawmakers slapped yet another Band-Aid on Medicare to stave off a 24-percent physician payment cut under the fatally flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. It sets the next SGR cliff for April 1, 2015.
    • 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.
    • It's Time to Repeal the SGR and Reduce Medicare Red Tape
      TMA's 2014 Federal Advocacy One Pager: It’s time. After 12 years, annual escalating fee-cut threats and fiscal patches have never addressed the underlying threat to patient care. It’s time to repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula.
    • Act Now! SGR Repeal Closer Than Ever
      There's a light at the end of the SGR tunnel. Or is it a freight train? You can make the difference and help ensure that Congress permanently repeals Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula now.