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With days remain for Congress to stop yet another pending Medicare physician pay cut, TMA is imploring the Texas congressional delegation to stanch the net 1% cut set to take effect on July 1. TMA also is calling on lawmakers to overhaul the Medicare physician payment system to prevent the constant threat of such cuts in the future.
Statement by Texas Medical Association President Gary W. Floyd, MD, in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling regarding Roe v. Wade.
U.S. Rep. Michael C. Burgess, MD (R-Lewisville), is following his fellow Texas physicians’ lead on curbing insurers’ hassle-laden prior authorization burdens, introducing a federal bill similar to the “gold-card” law TMA proposed and championed into law at the state level.
The House of Medicine’s commitment to getting more physicians in high state office netted promising returns in Texas’ primary runoff elections, with one physician advancing to represent her party in the race for state land commissioner and another advancing to the general election for an open seat in the state House of Representatives.
In responding to a federal agency's questions about the potential impact of electronic prior authorization, TMA – as always – came out strongly against unnecessary prior authorizations in general, while specifically encouraging regulators to advance a version of Texas' new "gold card" law to curb those practices.
Within days of TMA's Feb. 23 court victory over federal regulators, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says it’s taking steps to comply with the court’s decision on rules for the No Surprises Act. However, the case may not be over yet.
Texas physicians made the most of an extraordinary, scaled-back session of the Texas Legislature in 2021. They helped pass laws to curb prior authorization hassles; keep physicians from incurring new practice costs; install liability protections for future pandemics like COVID-19; extend postpartum Medicaid coverage for new mothers; and keep graduate medical education (GME) fully funded.
One simple but important action you can take during the session is to respond to a TMA Action Alert. Action alerts are prepared messages from TMA asking legislators to stop or pass a bill. Download TMA’s mobile app “VoterVoice” for an easy way to take action using your phone.
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