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.
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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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.
Texas doctors will continue to receive a full range of liability protections even when treating New Mexico patients. That issue was in doubt until the New Mexico Legislature took decisive action Feb. 17.
For advocates of women's health funding in Texas, the climb back from the depths of 2011 continues. That year, the Texas Legislature sliced about two-thirds of the state's family planning budget, and the impact reverberated across the state. Five years later, an infusion of new funding and a streamlined state approach to women's health have physicians optimistic.
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