TMA Legislative News Hotline: Friday, June 21, 2013

Legislature Delivers for Patients and Physicians

Texas patients and their physicians won big at the state Capitol. We had more wins than in recent sessions across all issues affecting patient care, as outlined in TMA’s Healthy Vision 2020. In fact, nearly every TMA bill made it to the finish line, either intact or as an amendment. And every bill TMA wanted stopped was stopped. Darren Whitehurst, TMA's vice president for advocacy, and the TMA's lobby team discuss TMA’s results in this week’s video. Watch the 11-minute video to learn what lawmakers did that will help you, your practice, and your patients.  


A special issue of Action was published Wednesday highlighting TMA-backed bills signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry last week. TMA President Stephen L. Brotherton, MD, said Texas physicians applaud the governor for signing bills "that take important steps to protect patient safety by ensuring the right professional is providing the right care permitted by his or her education, training, and skills; improve Texas’ vaccination policies; and dramatically reduce red tape and hassles in a physician’s practice that delay patient care."


That’s right. You can earn 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for taking part in TMA’s toll-free, Tele-Town Hall meeting. All you have to do is answer your home telephone at 8 pm CT, on Tuesday, June 25, and stay on the line for the entire program.

Dr. Brotherton and the TMA lobby staff will discuss the 2014-15 state budget and new laws that will reduce your red tape and administrative hassles, prevent third-party payers from stealing from you, strengthen Texas’ physician workforce, and more.

If you prefer TMA call you on your cell or office telephone, please contact the TMA Knowledge Center by telephone at (800) 880-7955 or by email by Monday, June 24, and let us know.

We look forward to listening to you Tuesday. 


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