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    TMA's 2015 Legislative Victories Build on Past Successes

    In a 2015 legislative session marked by new state leadership, new money, and big shifts in how Texas' major health care agencies oversee care delivery, the House of Medicine remained as steady as ever in its mission to ensure physicians can give their patients the best care possible. That resolve paid off in significant victories that largely build on the Texas Medical Association's 2013 legislative successes. Read More

Top Stories Affecting Physicians and Patients

  • ICD-10
    ICD-10 Grace Period Eases Burden But Doesn't Delay ImplementationOn July 6, the AMA and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) jointly announced elements of a "grace period" for the Oct. 1, 2015, implementation of the ICD-10 medical billing and coding system. This is good news but not the complete deliverance physicians were hoping for. Find out what the grace period is and is not.
  • Licensure
    Victory! CSR Permit Program to Be Eliminated Next YearThanks to TMA advocacy this legislative session, the controlled substances registration permit program will be eliminated, effective Sept. 1, 2016. Senate Bill 195 by Sen. Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown), and Rep. Myra Crownover (R-Denton) also moves the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program from the Texas Department of Public Safety to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy and broadens physicians’ authority to delegate who can access the information.
  • 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.
  • 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