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    “Hey, Doc” Answers Questions You Never Thought to Ask

    TMA’s “Hey, Doc” education campaign will provide objective and nonpartisan answers to the most frequently asked questions about the new Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplace. We want to make sure all Texans understand what the marketplace does and what steps they need to take. Look here each week for new information about the new marketplace. Read More

Top Stories Affecting Physicians and Patients

  • Medicare
    TMA Presses SGR Repeal In a letter to leaders of the U.S. House and Senate, TMA, the American Medical Association, and more than 600 physician organizations throughout the nation pressed for passage of legislation by March 31 to "repeal the fatally flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula." A 24-percent cut to Medicare payments will occur April 1 if Congress fails to act.
  • 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.
  • Public Health
    Vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks are making headlines.Pertussis, or whooping cough, has skyrocketed to a near 50-year high in Texas. In September, a North Texas man infected 21 of his fellow church members after bringing home measles from a trip abroad. Vaccine hesitancy has become a breeding ground for these deadly diseases, say Texas physicians.
  • 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.
  • Physician Services Organization
    TMA, Dallas and Harris County Medical Societies Team UpTexas’ premier physician associations announced the establishment of an organization to deliver doctors the survival tools they need to provide demonstrably better and more efficient patient care and compete in today’s health care marketplace. “I am confident the Physician Services Organization for Patient Care will save local practices,” said TMA President Stephen L. Brotherton, MD.
  • 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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TMA's Legislative Report Card

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