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    Houston Cardiologist Becomes TMA’s 150th President

    Dr. Garcia said his priorities during his one-year term in office will include the successful early implementation of the new TMA PracticeEdge physician services organization; oversight of Medicare funding in the wake of the repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate formula for paying physicians; preserving Texas’ medical liability reform, passed in 2003; and handling whatever unexpected issues arise. He is ever-mindful of the potential of the unknown after experiencing the landfall and aftermath of Hurricane Ike in Houston during his Harris County Medical Society (HCMS) presidency. Read More

Top Stories Affecting Physicians and Patients

  • Practice Help
    TMA PracticeEdge Announces Initial Physician-Led ACO CustomersTMA PracticeEdge, LLC, is pleased to announce service agreements with Houston Regional Accountable Care Organization, LLC, and Alliance ACO, LLC, in rural, south central Texas. TMA PracticeEdge anticipates these physician-led accountable care organizations (ACOs) will initially represent 50-plus physicians providing care and managing the population health for more than 12,000 patients.
  • Medicare
    Victory! Senate Votes to Repeal Medicare SGR Formula“An immense weight has been lifted from the shoulders of American medicine," TMA Past President Austin King, MD, said April 14 after the U.S. Senate voted 92-8 to repeal Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. The move followed overwhelming approval in the House the previous month and barely averted an SGR-mandated 21-percent cut in physicians' Medicare payments. Texas physicians have fought to kill the SGR for 13 years.
  • Texas Legislature
    Texas Physicians Ask Lawmakers to Fund Critical Health Services Seven of Texas’ largest physician organizations — representing more than 48,000 physicians and medical students — today urged state House and Senate budget negotiators to “craft a cost-effective budget that addresses Texas' significant health care needs.”
  • ACA
    Ruling Could Yield Chaos: D.C. Judges’ Decision Means Premium Hike for Texas Conflicting court rulings could determine whether many Texas patients can afford Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance. A U.S. Court of Appeals ruled, essentially, that any Texan who received ACA insurance subsidies (to help pay premiums if he or she qualifies for help) might have to return them. However, a different U.S. Court of Appeals ruled the current use of premium subsidies for those patients is acceptable.
  • Health Care System
    Physicians Help Create a Healthy Texas EconomyPhysician practices add value to Texas' economy by producing tens of billions of dollars in revenue each year and providing hundreds of thousands of jobs. "The National Economic Impact of Physicians," a new study conducted for the American Medical Association (AMA) and state medical societies, found Texas' 48,314 practicing physicians boost the state's economy by supporting 522,619 jobs and generating $78.6 billion in economic activity.
  • Patient-Physician Relationship
    Study: Physicians Just Want Time With You, the PatientYou and your physician have something in common: As a patient, the things that make you happy about your health care are the same things that please your doctor; likewise, the same situations frustrate you both. It all boils down to time together focused on your care ― versus obstacles to that shared time.
  • ACA
    TMA Wants Stronger Grace Period Notification The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) should require insurers who offer health plans on the Affordable Care Act exchanges to provide immediate notice when patients enter the first month of the 90-day grace period. That's what the Texas Medical Association, the American Medical Association, and more than 80 state medical societies and specialty organizations told CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner in a letter.
  • Medical Liability Reforms
    Ten Years After: Reform Means More Docs, More Care Drs. Justin and Katherine Hensley couldn’t get to Texas quickly enough. The young emergency physician and his pediatrician wife were completing their medical residencies in North Carolina. Without medical liability reform similar to what Texas passed in 2003, Dr. Justin Hensley routinely had to test his patients – for the wrong reason. Read more.
  • Medicaid/Medicare
    Drop in Physician Acceptance of Medicaid, Medicare Patients Texas Medical Association (TMA) physician leaders have long predicted government regulatory burdens, red tape, payment hassles, and low pay would erode the physician foundation of both Medicaid and Medicare. That day is here, read more ...

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Healthy Vision 2020

The fields of engagement — the Texas Legislature, U.S. Congress, courts, state and federal bureaucracies — are many. The issues are all-encompassing. But TMA’s approach is clear in this second edition. Read More