• What Does Congress Want from Us Now?

    Health system reform, Medicare, Medicaid, budget cuts ... new laws, new rules, new regulations. What does Washington want from physicians now? Who's looking out for doctors and your patients? Keep up with all the action -- and TMA's action on your behalf:

  • Video: Congress, Fix SGR Now

    A communication to Congress that now is the time to repeal Medicare's flawed SGR formula.

     

  • Latest Health Care News from Congress

    • 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.
    • Congress Moves Toward Temporary Medicare Fee Hike, SGR Repeal
      The annual avert-the-impending-Medicare-disaster effort is in full swing as Congress tries to avoid a devastating cut in Medicare payments to physicians caused by the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. If that effort does not succeed, physician fees will be cut 23.7 percent on Jan. 1.
    • TMA Answers Your Health Insurance Exchange Questions
      If you missed the live health insurance exchange (HIX) webcast but still have questions about how the Affordable Care Act and the exchange health plans will play out in your practice, you have two upcoming opportunities to view an encore presentation. On Thursday, Dec. 19, TMA will replay the HIX webcast in its entirety at 7 am CT and again at 5 pm CT. This hour-long discussion led by TMA's Lee Spangler, vice president of medical economics, will help answer the HIX questions you need to ask yourself.
    • SGR Repeal Bill Good, Could Be Better, Must Pass
      A bipartisan plan to repeal the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula is a good start but still needs work, the Texas Medical Association and eight other states in the Coalition of State Medical Societies say in a letter to the chairs and ranking members of the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee.