It's Academic: March 2013

  • Grab the Gold! Apply for the TMA Academic Award  
  • Poster Session on Quality at TexMed  
  • Save the Date  
  • TexMed 2013 Remembers the Patient  
  • Legislative News Delivered to Your Inbox  
  • Join or Renew TMA Today: We Could Use Your Help!
  • New-to-Texas Physicians Can Start Here  
  • This Month In Texas Medicine  

    Grab the Gold! Apply for the TMA Academic Award  

    TMA encourages you to grab the gold! TMA’s 47,000 members have an opportunity to give special recognition to academic physicians as teachers, role models, and medical professionals through the Award for Excellence in Academic Medicine program.

    The program has four award levels, ranging from Bronze to Platinum, and eligibility requirements increase for each level. The first two levels — Bronze and Silver — were launched in September 2012, and the first application cycle closed on Dec. 31. Announcements about the 2013 application cycle for the Bronze and Silver levels will be published in It's Academic in the next few months.

    The Gold Level is designed for the most accomplished physicians in both academic and organized medicine. To be eligible, you must have at least 10 years of service in an academic faculty position and held leadership positions within organized medicine.

    A physician selection committee will select the 2013 TMA Platinum Award winner from among the Gold Level winners. And, the Platinum involves a $5,000 cash award, provided by the TMA Foundation. Recipients for all levels will be recognized in TMA's award-winning newsmagazine, Texas Medicine; It's Academic; and the Handbook for Delegates for the TMA House of Delegates annual meeting.

    Submit your application for the Gold Level by 5 pm (CDT) on April 8.

    TMA is eager to recognize Texas physician leaders who simultaneously dedicate their lives to the care of their patients and to the preparation of the physician workforce of tomorrow. We encourage you to consider your eligibility for these awards and to share this information with your colleagues.

    If you have questions, email Jennifer McHaney or call her at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1451, or (512) 370-1451.

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    Poster Session on Quality at TexMed  

    The TMA Council on Health Care Quality and TMF Health Quality Institute will host a TexMed 2013 Quality Poster Session. This is a great opportunity for Texas practices to share quality improvement success and best practices for improving patient care. All TMA member physicians and their practices are encouraged to apply.

    TMA and TMF are looking for projects that demonstrate the Institute of Medicine’s six aspects of quality care.

    1. Safe — avoids injuries to patients from care intended to help them;
    2. Timely — reduces waits and delays for both those who receive care and those who give care;
    3. Effective — is based on scientific knowledge, extended to all likely to benefit, while avoiding underuse and overuse;
    4. Equitable — provides consistent quality, without regard to personal characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and socioeconomic status;
    5. Efficient — avoids waste, including waste of equipment, supplies, ideas, and energy, and
    6. Patient-centered — respects and responds to individual patient preferences, needs, and values, ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions

    First-, second-, and third-place winners will receive special recognition at TexMed 2013 and in Texas Medicine magazine. All selected submissions will receive a modest honorarium.

    Midnight CDT on May 1 is the deadline to enter. Email TexMed Posters for more information and an application packet.

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    Save the Date  

    Come to Austin on Tuesday, April 2, for First Tuesdays at the Capitol. It's your chance to lobby state legislators in person on issues that are important to patients and physicians.

    You're welcome to participate in every First Tuesday this session, but April 2 has a specific focus on issues of great importance to physicians in academic medicine.

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    TexMed 2013 Remembers the Patient  

    With the increasing complexities of modern technology, coupled with the spiraling labyrinth of rules and regulations, physicians can find themselves scattered to the edge of distraction. TMA is working to help physicians remain focused on the mission of medicine … the patient.

    Join us for TexMed 2013 at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio and Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center May 17-18 as we remember the patient.

    You can register online. April 23 is the deadline to make a hotel reservation and pay the special rate of $199 single/double.

    For more information, contact TMA Knowledge Center at (800) 880-7955 or knowledge@texmed.org.

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    Legislative News Delivered to Your Inbox  

    Don’t miss the action under the Capitol dome in this year’s legislative session. Sign up for TMA Legislative News Hotline.

    The electronic newsletter reports the legislature’s latest actions on bills affecting you, your practice, and your patients. A weekly recap, delivered each Friday, also is available.

    This year, the hotline also brings you weekly video updates from TMA lobbyists, health care experts, and even state legislators. Don’t miss out. Subscribe today.

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    Join or Renew TMA Today: We Could Use Your Help!  

    You serve as a necessary and important member and representative of the medical profession. That’s why your membership in TMA is imperative. Only with grassroots support can we make sure Texas remains a premier state in the education of future physicians, research, and quality patient care.

    TMA has been a longtime advocate for academic faculty and medical schools, monitoring legislation, determining the potential impact to patients, and actively lobbying for your interests.

    Join or renew today at www.texmed.org/join and see what a difference TMA membership can make. Within your department and/or academic institution, funds may be available to cover the cost of your membership. Please check with your department administrator or chair to see if applicable.

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    New-to-Texas Physicians Can Start Here  

    Are you a physician who is new to Texas? Have you recruited a physician for your school, your practice, or your community from out of state?

    TMA's New to Texas Resource Page can help new or returning Texans get their practices up and running. The page provides links that doctors need to obtain a Texas license, plus contact information for relevant state and federal agencies, and links to resources such as practice consulting for set-ups, health insurance plan contacts, and employee salary data.

    TMA members can email the TMA Knowledge Center or call (800) 880-7955 for fast answers to questions about membership, TMA member benefits and services, practice management or legal information, and more.

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    This Month in Texas Medicine  

    The March issue of Texas Medicine explains the flaws in the Medicaid 1115 program, explores the concept of publishing physician fees, and tells you why Aetna is forking over some cash. It also explains how the Texas Department of Insurance is trashing network adequacy rules and how meaningful use of electronic health records can help patients stop smoking.

    It's Academic is for physicians in academic settings. For more information about TMA’s efforts on behalf of medical education and academic physicians, visit the TMA Council on Medical Education’s Subcommittee for Academic Physicians page on the TMA website.

    Please share with your colleagues who are not TMA members and ask them to join.

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