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Health Plans must display directories and formularies on the Internet.
No more state controlled substance registrations.
The 2016 elections brought physicians an excellent opportunity to rebuild America's health care systems, TMA officials say.
"Everything is on the table — the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicare, and Medicaid," said David Henkes, MD, chair of the Texas Delegation to the American Medical Association. "Today, we are crafting plans to remake the system so it truly serves our physician members and our patients."
In the wake of this summer's withering criticism of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) draft rule to implement Medicare's new quality payment programs, CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt pledged that he and his staff would listen to physicians' real concerns about the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). It looks like that listening included TMA's formal comments on the rule and the hundreds of letters Texas physicians sent.
The 140 days the Texas Constitution allocates every other year for a state legislative session is never enough time for lawmakers to study and grasp all they need to do with the most complex issues. House and Senate committees use the time between sessions — the interim — to conduct research, hold hearings, and draft bills. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus have laid out their interim charges to the committees.
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In comments to the Sunset Advisory Commission on its 2016–17 review of the Texas Medical Board (TMB), TMA says one important matter is disappointingly absent from the agency's thorough and detailed report: improving TMB's disciplinary process. While TMA generally supports the sunset staff's report, the association says more could be done to ensure effective operations at the medical board.
Until recently, Texas participated in the federally funded refugee resettlement program, which helps refugees relocate to the United States with services to help them find jobs, learn English, and get basic health and social services. Since Texas withdrew from the federal resettlement program in September, some physicians and resettlement organizations worry those services could be disrupted; others say the shift, while not ideal, could present opportunities to improve refugee care.
Many U.S. medical students, residents, and physicians want to see the elimination of the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam Step 2 Clinical Skills exam, saying it has a high price tag and an even higher first-attempt pass rate.
The new Medicare Watch List report from The Physicians Foundation examines the implications of the new Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and future payment models established after the elimination of the Sustainable Gmediath Rate formula.
A shoulder dystocia birth in which the baby was born with neurologic dysfunction is the focus of a negligence lawsuit with broad legal implications.
As state lawmakers begin preparing for the 2017 legislative session, TMA and four state specialty societies delivered a detailed, five-page document with significant recommendations to improve the Texas Medicaid program.
At its Aug. 25 meeting, TMB voted to adopt without change its recently proposed call coverage rules. The rules outline requirements for two models for call coverage: a reciprocal call coverage arrangement for physicians in the same or similar specialty and a nonreciprocal arrangement that does not require reciprocal call coverage.
Just days after the TMA House of Delegates adopted TMA's plan to preserve physicians' rights to bill for services and protect patients from surprise bills, TMA Council on Legislation Chair Ray Callas, MD, presented it to the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce.
Your patients and your profession need you to be a lobbyist for a day. Mark your calendar now to join the Party of Medicine in Austin for First Tuesdays at the Capitol during the 85th Texas Legislature on Feb. 7, March 7, April 4, and/or May 2, 2017. The March 7 event is designated the official TMA Alliance First Tuesday, and the April 4 event is dedicated to medical students and residents. Registration is now open.
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