Governmental Affairs

Confused? TMA Demystifies Health Reform

If you're confused about the new health system reform law and its many new provisions, you're not alone. That's why the TMA will host its second Tele-Health Reform School next month. We want to help you survive and thrive in this new health care landscape.

Medicare Fee Work Far From Finished

Congress reversed the 21.3-percent cut in Medicare payments to physicians in June, but the effort to find a permanent fix for the fee problem continues. (Action, July 1, 2010)

Sign Petition to Save Medicare

Doctors want to take care of Medicare patients. Congress is forcing doctors to limit the number of Medicare patients we see or to quit taking Medicare patients altogetherSign the petition by clicking here.

Medicare Meltdown Action Center

Due to Congress’ inaction, Medicare payments to U.S. physicians were slashed by 21.2 percent on March 1. It’s part of a 10-year pattern of threatened cuts, reversed cuts, and constant uncertainty. What we haven’t seen is a financing plan that ensures that millions of patients with Medicare coverage have a physician of their choice to care for them. Here are the tools you need to Fight the Medicare Meltdown.

TMA Summary of New Health Law - HR 3590 

Now you can find out what actually is in The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) (PDF) passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama. The summary also includes amendments that were added in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. The new law is very complex and will be influenced by the many regulations that must be adopted under its provisions. TMA’s summary is just that, a summary of the law. It doesn’t discuss all the details contained within the statute.

FAQs
Answers to the governmental affairs questions most commonly asked of TMA.

Court Cases
Check out one of the latest court cases TMA is working on to protect your practice, your patients, and reimbursements.  For example, TMA joined other state medical associations and individuals in an antiracketeering (RICO) class-action lawsuit alleging that insurers engaged in racketeering by maintaining claims processing practices and systems that lowered physician reimbursement.

Get Involved
When medicine speaks up – legislators listen. Your actions have made a huge difference since 2003 when historic tort reforms and a tough prompt pay bill were passed. In 2007, your involvement helped to preserve tort reform legislation, reduce our uninsured population, improve our public health infrastructure and reform the health insurance industry.  

Health System Reform Action Center
Learn how new health law affects your practice.

Professional Liability Insurance Reform
In 2003 the Texas Legislature approved House Bill 4, the most comprehensive tort reform legislation that any state has ever passed.  The centerpiece of that bill was a $250,000 cap on noneconomic damages for all physicians in a case, the single most effective known cure for health care lawsuit abuse. Stay abreast of the latest developments in health care tort reform.

Rural Health
Stay informed on the latest issues and governmental laws, regulations, and activities which have an impact on the practice of medicine in rural areas.

TMA Survey Results
Texas Medical Association conducts surveys of Texas physicians, to identify emerging issues, track the impact of practice and economic changes, assess physician priorities, and develop data to support TMA advocacy efforts. Students, residents, and interns are surveyed as well as Texas physicians.

Texas Legislature
At the onset of the 2007 legislative session, TMA argued that lawmakers could no longer ignore the growing and alarming numbers of uninsured children and adults in Texas. The cost to care for the uninsured was fast becoming a huge burden for many communities. TMA strongly advocated that steps be taken to reduce Texas’ uninsured population, ensure patients had access to a medical home and to improve the health and wellness of children and adults. More…

TEXPAC
The Texas Medical Association Political Action Committee (TEXPAC) is the political arm of TMA. It's the largest bipartisan political action committee in the state and ranks first in size among other state medical association PACs. If you haven't jointed TEXPAC its not too late to get involved. 

TMA Advocacy in Agencies
Once a bill passes the Texas Legislature or U.S. Congress, TMA stays on top of many state and federal agencies to make sure what they do helps to improve the access and health of Texans. See how TMA works for you with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the agencies that run Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and workers' compensation.

TMA Grassroots Action Center
Do you want to weigh in on the critical issues facing medicine during the legislative session? Well, writing, e-mailing, calling, or visiting your state or U.S. representative or senator is easy. Deliver your message through TMA Grassroots Action Center to make sure that all of your communications efforts with lawmakers are successful.

U.S. Congress
TMA's top issues in Washington right now are Medicaid and Medicare funding. If Congress decides to cut Medicaid and Medicare spending again in 2005 it will have a grave impact on Texas. You can also monitor the issues the American Medical Association is aggressively working on to protect medicine.


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