Texas Physicians to Tackle Medicine’s Top Issues in San Antonio

News Advisory: May 16, 2013  

WHAT: More than 1,500 physician leaders and health care experts will convene in San Antonio for TexMed 2013 — the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) annual conference. Participants will examine critical health care policies on the state and national level and discuss strategies to help physicians care for patients in a time of change. Some of the proposals before the association’s policymaking House of Delegates are:

  • Participate in and advocate for the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Choosing Wisely campaign, which seeks to curb unnecessary and potentially harmful medical testing;
  • Advocate for additional funding for graduate medical education (GME) and identify hospitals that could establish new GME programs;
  • Create strategies to optimize the treatment of pain including opioid analgesics with the goal of increasing patient and public safety;
  • Study the emerging alternatives to criminalization and incarceration of persons with nonviolent behavioral issues and mental health problems in Texas and devise ways to support the appropriate delivery of mental health, psychiatric care, and substance abuse treatment options as alternatives to incarceration;
  • Support legislation to allow physicians to place mental health holds on patients considered to be a danger to self or others;
  • Encourage the Texas Department of Public Safety to give adult driver license holders educational materials on advance directives when they register or renew their license, and offer an icon on the front of the card designating whether or not the cardholder has an advance directive;
  • Increase public awareness about the risks associated with obesity during pregnancy;
  • Work with the University Interscholastic League to strengthen concussion and injury surveillance in Texas, including monitoring cheerleading injuries;
  • Advocate to remove sugar-sweetened beverages from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program;
  • Encourage the building of more energy-productive and less polluting alternatives to replace the peak energy-generating capacity of old coal plants; and
  • Support legislation that reduces red tape and administrative complexity in the Medicaid program.

WHEN: Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, 2013  

Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center, 200 E. Market St., San Antonio

TMA physician leaders and health care experts. Keynote speaker Friday is Abraham Verghese, MD, renowned physician, best-selling author, and professor of the theory and practice of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. He will discuss how medicine is in danger of losing a powerful, old fashioned tool: the human touch. Dr. Verghese stresses that patients are more than data points, and calls for a return to the traditional one-on-one physical exam.

WHY: TexMed 2013 is packed with timely ideas for health-related stories. Check the 100-plus hours of continuing medical education courses, such as these: Improving Patient Care With Health Information Exchanges, How Mobile Is Changing the World of Telehealth, Ethical Issues Around Withholding/Withdrawing Treatments, Use Food as a Weapon to Kick Cancer’s Butt, and ADD/ADHD/Bipolar Disorder: Untangling the Differences.

Reporters, please join us at TexMed 2013. Call for interviews on any of the subjects presented during the two-day conference (or almost any health care topic), and we’ll connect you with a physician expert during the conference or after.

If attending in person, call Pam Udall at (512) 413-6807 or Brent Annear at (512) 656-7320 upon arriving at the TexMed registration desk to help minimize your hassle and quickly find what and who you need.

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 around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.

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

 Brent Annear
phone: (512) 370-1381
cell: (512) 656-7320


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