Veteran and rookie lawmakers, hundreds of lobbyists, and thousands of private citizens arrived in Austin Jan. 10 for the start of the 2017 Texas legislative session. Medicine is well represented. Click below to see our legislative priorities this session.
Earlier this month, at the final First Tuesdays at the Capitol event of the 2017 legislative session, TMA lobbyist Darren Whitehurst told physicians he could see the light at the end of the tunnel, but that he'd have to wait until session was over to say "whether it's a train or not." Whether it turns out to be a train or a shining, promising new destination for Texas medicine, that mysterious light is now even closer as just two weeks remain until the session adjourns.
Encouraging technological progress the state has made on prescription monitoring is at the center of TMA's recommendations to the legislature to address doctor-shopping and opioid diversion.
Physicians, hospitals, and other health care providers throughout Texas would lose substantial protections against frivolous medical lawsuits if a bill working its way through the nation's capital becomes law, two Texas medical groups say.
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The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Lubbock physician entangled in a question of whether Texas or New Mexico law should apply in a liability case involving care that was provided in Texas but for a New Mexico patient.
Doctors understand it’s frustrating to have health insurance coverage but still receive unexpected medical bills. Watch this video to learn about Stanley and the surprise medical bills he received… and learn why he received them.
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TMA joined the American Medical Association and 104 other medical societies in asking the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to defer implementation of the 2015 Edition of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT).
A Harris County jury has awarded $6.4 million in damages to a Houston cardiothoracic surgeon whom TMA supported in his years-long battle with Memorial Hermann Health System over a defamation claim.
In response to outreach from U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady (R-The Woodlands), and other House Republican leaders, TMA provided a list of nine health care policy suggestions for the next Congress to consider.
TMA triumphed when a Travis County district court sided with medicine in a lawsuit against the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners over its granting chiropractors the authority to perform certain diagnostic tests.
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.
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.
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.
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