Physicians Learn About Legislature, Health Reform, Social Media

TMA Winter Conference Hosts State Officials, Top Medical Blogger 

WHAT:  2011 Texas Medical Association (TMA) Winter Conference in Austin, featuring presentations by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott; American Medical Association (AMA) President Cecil Wilson, MD; and nationally-renowned medical blogger “KevinMD” — Kevin Pho, MD.

General Abbott and Dr. Wilson will discuss federal legislative and legal issues affecting physicians and their patients. General Abbott will add an update on the federal lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the new health care law. Dr. Pho will discuss why doctors should engage in blogs, Twitter, or Facebook; offer examples of how doctors are connecting with patients in social media platforms; and outline pros and cons of this type of patient-physician interaction.

WHEN: TOMORROW, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011

8:40 am  Medicine in the Age of Social Media: Kevin Pho, MD, blogger and thought leader,
(Can’t attend in person? Follow live online via Ustream.) 
10 am   Preserve, Protect, and Defend: Attorney General of Texas
 Greg Abbott 
(Can’t attend in person? Follow live online via Ustream.) 
10:45 am      AMA leadership perspectives on key health care issues: Cecil Wilson, MD, AMA president 
11 am  

Caring for Patients in a Time of Change
Moderator: TMA President, Susan Rudd Bailey, MD
o TMA Council on Legislation Chair Dan McCoy, MD
o Cecil Wilson, MD, AMA president
o Legislative panel (TBA) 

WHERE: AT&T Conference Center, Level 3, Grand Ballroom, 1900 University Ave., Austin

WHY:  Texas’ $30 billion budget crisis and the debate and implementation of health system reform threaten the state’s health care landscape. Physician leaders from across the state are meeting in Austin to discuss these challenges and develop strategies to ensure all Texans have access to high-quality care.

TMA Winter Conference is one of the association’s three annual meetings that bring hundreds of physician leaders together to examine pertinent health care issues at the state and federal levels.

Reporters, please call or ask for Pam Udall or Brent Annear upon arrival, and we’ll help you find the meeting and line up any interviews you may need.  

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing 45,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 120 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans. 

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