January 2001 MedBytes: Texas Legislature and U.S. Congress

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This month's MedBytes offers information on how to use e-mail and the Internet to keep up with what's going on in the Texas Legislature and Congress.

TMA's News Hotline will deliver up-to-the-minute legislative news direct to your computer every day, beginning Jan. 9.

By clicking on Texas Legislature Online at www.capitol.state.tx.us , you can keep track of bills as they progress through the Texas House of Representatives and Senate. Bills can be tracked by number, subject, author, committee, or keyword, and you can find the membership and schedules of legislative committees. The site also features links to House and Senate leaders, state laws, the Texas Constitution, and state agencies such as the Texas Legislative Council, Legislative Budget Board, and the Legislative Reference Library.

Visit thomas.loc.gov for information on legislation pending in the US House of Representatives and the Senate. The site, sponsored by the Library of Congress, allows visitors to search bills by topic, number, title, or type. It also offers a primer on how a bill becomes law, House and Senate directories, and links to the Library of Congress, the Congressional Record, House and Senate committees, the executive and judicial branches, the General Accounting Office, Congressional Budget Office, and the National Bipartisan Committee on the Future of Medicare.

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Juggling the demands of your practice? TMA can help as it presents practice management information in a whole new way -- online. Interested physicians and staff now can received a wide assortment of timely, hands-on practice management tips via a monthly e-mail newsletter, TMA Practice e-tips . Newsletter topics feature TMA practice management expertise in coding, billing, and reimbursement; human resources; customer service; office policies and procedures; practice marketing; and more. These practice management resources further TMA's mission to provide up-to-the-minute, premium information to Texas physicians. To subscribe, visit the TMA Practice E-Tips Web page.

MedBytes is a quick look at new, or newly discovered, Web sites of interest to Texas physicians. The column also highlights features of the TMA Web site at www.texmed.org. Publication of information about Web sites in this column is not to be considered an endorsement or approval by the Texas Medical Association of the sites or sponsors, or of any products or services involved.

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