• 2015 Legislative Wins

    Cut Red Tape: Saves your practice time and money.

    Health Plans must display directories and formularies on the Internet.

    No more state controlled substance registrations.

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    TMA's Top Priorities

    1. Increase Medicaid physician payments.
    2. Protect physicians' right to bill for their service.
    3. Increase funding for graduate medical education.
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  • Final MACRA Rule Includes Real Improvements

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    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.

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  • Lawmakers Get Head Start on 2017 Health Care Issues

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    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.

    View Which Health Care Issues Are Gaining Attention  

    TMA is helping to strengthen your practice by offering personal advice and creating a climate of medical success across the state. 

  • What could a TMA membership mean for you, your practice, and your patients?

  • Physician Advocacy Articles

    Bracing for MACRA

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    TMA's Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act Resource Center is poised to equip physicians for the paradigm shift in Medicare payment.

    Good, Bad, or Downright Ugly?  
  • Appeals Court Will Consider Burden of Proof for Negligence Suit Over Childbirth

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    A shoulder dystocia birth in which the baby was born with neurologic dysfunction is the focus of a negligence lawsuit with broad legal implications. 

    The Right Standard?  
  • TMA's Medicaid Recommendations Can Improve Care, Reduce Costs

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    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. 

    Here's How  
  • TMB Adopts Call Coverage Rules 

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    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.

    Two Models for Call Coverage  
  • Texas Creates a Permanent Fund to Sustain Graduate Medical Education

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    In a monumental step forward, the 2015 Texas Legislature created the state's first-ever permanent graduate medical education (GME) fund to expand the physician workforce, and Texas medical educators want to make sure it stays that way.  

    GME Milestone  
  • TMA Lays Out Balance Billing Plan to Senate Panel

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    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.

    TMA Recommendations