Physicians, Legislators to Examine TX' Health Care Future

WHAT:  Physician leaders, legislators and top health care policy experts will gather in Austin to discuss the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) vision and develop strategies to keep Texans physically and fiscally healthy in the years to come. The broad TMA Winter Conference agenda includes state and national updates. Texas’ population, already beset by expensive acute and chronic diseases, is expected to boom from 25 million to almost 45 million by 2040, adding to the state’s health care woes. TMA’s Healthy Vision 2020 outlines the association’s initiatives to meet these health care challenges and care for patients in a time of change. One noteworthy panel discussion examines the future of Medicaid in Texas.

WHO: TMA President-elect Stephen Brotherton, MD; American Medical Association (AMA) President Jeremy Lazarus, MD; former state demographer Steve Murdock, PhD; Sen. Bob Deuell, MD, (R-Greenville); Rep. John Zerwas, MD (R-Richmond); Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Kyle Janek, MD; and other top TMA physician leaders from across Texas.

WHEN: SATURDAY, Feb. 2 from 8:45 am – 12 pm  (details below)

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



8:45 am


Opening Remarks
Stephen L. Brotherton, MD, TMA president-elect

9 am

AMA Update
Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD, AMA president

9:15 am

Demographic changes and its Implications for Medicine
Steve Murdock, PhD, Former Texas state demographer

9:50 am

The Future of Health Care in Texas

Kyle Janek, MD, executive commissioner, Texas Health and Human Services Commission

10:45 am

The Future of Medicaid in Texas

Moderator: Darren Whitehurst, TMA vice president of public affairs TMA

Sen. Bob Deuell, MD

Carlos Cardenas, MD

John Holcomb, MD

 Janet Realini, MD

 Rep. John Zerwas, MD

Senator, Texas Senate District 2

TMA Board of Trustees

Co-chair, TMA Physicians Medicaid Congress
President, Healthy Futures of Texas

Representative, Texas House District 28


TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 47,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 112 component county medical societies 6around the state. TMA's key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.

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Jan. 31, 2013  


Contact: Pam Udall
phone: (512) 370-1382
cell: (512) 413-6807

Brent Annear
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