• 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:


  • Latest Health Care News from Congress

    • Get Ready to Play Your Role in the Texas Legislature
      State lawmakers pour into Austin next week for the start of their biennial, five-month show. The session will be a challenging one for medicine on several fronts. This month's Texas Medicine includes several excellent articles that show us the lay of the land. And, of course, our Healthy Vision 2020, Second Edition , outlines our legislative agenda. But as hard as our physician leaders and lobby staff work, you're the one who can make the difference in whether we succeed or fail. Here are five ways you can play a key role in the 84th Texas Legislature.
    • Minding the Gap
      Texas chose not to expand Medicaid eligibility in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act, leaving more than 1 million uninsured Texans in the coverage gap. Now that several states have succeeded in finding alternative solutions to cover the working poor without expanding Medicaid, some lawmakers are optimistic Texas, too, can develop its own unique plan to draw down the roughly $100 billion in federal funding available over 10 years.
    • Write to Congress to Ask for Two-Year ICD-10 Delay
      Join physicians from across the United States to ask Congress for a two-year delay in ICD-10. Ask Congress to delay the mandatory implementation until October 2017 so you and your colleagues can spend more time on patient care. Your patients deserve it.
    • 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.