Physician Advocacy


  • TMA to Texas: Follow the Science To Protect Against COVID-19

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    As it has done throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Texas Medical Association continues to stress the importance of wearing masks, practicing social distancing, washing hands frequently, and receiving a vaccine when eligible as the most effective ways to stop the disease.

    TMA Details Its Recommendation  
  • TMA, Lawmakers Working to Tackle Telemedicine Parity, Prior Authorization

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    As one of the most unique eras of both living and lawmaking continues, attendees at TMA’s Winter Conference heard about medicine’s legislative agenda in both Austin and Washington, D.C., and how COVID-19 has helped shape this year’s legislative focus.

    Read the State Legislative Priorities and National Picture  
  • COVID-19

  • Need PPE? TMA Has a Vendor List For That

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    Need PPE but have trouble meeting vendor minimums? Have you had difficulty accessing the state supply? Look no further. Now you can use TMA's new Texas-based PPE vendor guide, with information to help locate what you need from vendors that can supply small- to medium-sized practices with little or no minimum order quantities.

    Search the Texas-based
    PPE Vendor Guide
  • Rapid Rise in COVID-19 Along Border Concerns Area Physicians

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    Physicians from counties near and along the Texas-Mexico border gathered virtually Tuesday to explore ways to protect patients from COVID-19, which continues to spread rapidly throughout the region.

    Preserving Funding for Medicaid and CHIP Is Absolutely Vital for the Region  
  • Survey: Texas Doctor Practices Struggling to Survive Pandemic

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    Like most independent medical practice physicians struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, Austin pediatrician Brian Temple, MD, had to make a critical choice: reduce salaries and work hours, or lose the staff and pediatric practice he and his partner had built over six years.

    Patient Visits Cut in Half or More; Practice Revenues Slashed  
  • TMA Seeks Better Liability Shields for All Physicians During COVID-19

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    Under Texas law, physicians treating COVID-19 patients in a volunteer capacity have potential defenses against lawsuits that might arise from that care.

    Pandemic Poses Legal Pitfalls  
  • How Do I Comply With TMB’s Safe-Practice Standards?

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    TMA published an excerpt from our newest Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document that covered a particularly vexing question from physicians: What if a patient refuses to wear a face covering and no exception applies? Today we present the entire FAQ, which is intended to provide more clarity on TMB’s minimum standards.

    Get Answers to
    Your Questions Here
  • “Overlooked” Pediatricians Fight for Survival During Pandemic

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    As state and federal governments distribute funds and waivers to help health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas pediatricians feel their needs have been unmet.

    TMA and Other Physician Groups Are Advocating for Pediatricians  
  • TMA Weighs In On COVID-19 Surprise Billing, Insurance Premiums, and More

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    TMA submitted written testimony Tuesday to the House Committee on Insurance, providing details and recommendations on price gouging, surprise medical bills, health insurance premiums, and more caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Read TMA's Recommendations  
  • Medicine Calls for Health Care Access For All Texans

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    State leaders need to work with organizations like the Texas Medical Association to ensure that all Texans have access to health care coverage during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. That is the message TMA and 32 state health organizations wrote in a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott seeking his support to enact comprehensive health care coverage initiatives.

    Devise a Health Care Coverage Plan for Texans by Texans  
  • Action Alerts

    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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  • Medicaid Kills Proposed Rule That Would Have Restricted Supplemental Funding, Services

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    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Monday withdrew a proposed rule that would’ve restricted how states fund their share of Medicaid, causing serious cuts in services.

    TMA Applauds the Administration's Decision  
  • Balance Billing

    AMA Opposes New Federal Surprise Billing Measure, Urges More Discussion - Dec. 17, 2020

    TMA Weighs In On COVID-19 Surprise Billing, Insurance Premiums, and More - Sept. 9, 2020

    The Updated Skinny on Texas’ Surprise Billing Law - July 8, 2020
    TMA has updated its white paper on Texas’ law for settling out-of-network billing disputes involving state-regulated health plans.

    TMA Keeps Pressing Congress on Surprise Billing - March 9, 2020
    As lawmakers continue their work on a federal solution to surprise medical bills, the Texas Medical Association is on guard to make sure patients will be protected – and physicians get a fair shot to get paid properly.

    Arbitration Law Will be “Messy,” Bring Operational Concerns, Panelists Say - Jan. 31, 2020

    State Adopts Emergency Rule on Surprise Billing Law - Dec. 20, 2019
    The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) has adopted an emergency rule outlining the narrow circumstances when it will be legal for physicians to balance bill patients under the state’s new law that protects patients from surprise medical bills.

    More Balance Billing Here

  • A Plan for the Uninsured in Texas

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    I call for our TMA to bring all of these groups together to directly address the issue of the uninsured in Texas, to plan a strategy, and to put it in motion.

    Creating the Change That Our Patients Need and Deserve  

  • TMA to Fight for Health Coverage Expansion, Scope of Practice During 2021 Legislature

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    At the 2020 Texas Medical Association Advocacy Retreat on Saturday, Debra Patt, MD, chair of TMA’s Council on Legislation, laid out a preview of medicine’s top legislative priorities for the upcoming session.

    TMA Ready to Fight
    Scope Expansion
  • VA Waives State Scope Laws for Nonphysician Practitioners

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    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is waiving state scope-of-practice laws in an interim rule that takes effect Thursday, effectively allowing VA nonphysician practitioners to practice across state lines at VA facilities without physician overs

    TMA and AMA Opposed a
    Similar Move Back in June
  • TMA Opposes Bill Defining Clinical Psychologists as Physicians in Medicare

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    A broad swath of organized medicine, including the Texas Medical Association, is asking congressional leadership to oppose a bill that legally would consider clinical psychologists to be physicians within Medicare, saying it “inappropriately” expands psychologists’ scope of practice.

    TMA Fights Bill Expanding Psychologists' Scope  
  • TMA to Trump: Do Not Expand NPPs’ Scope of Practice

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    When President Donald Trump released an executive order earlier this month that would, in part, expand the scope of practice of nonphysician practitioners, the Texas Medical Association vowed to keep physicians at the head of the health care team. On Monday, TMA President David Fleeger, MD, took a major step to do that, urging President Trump and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to remove that language entirely.

    More on TMA's Concerns  
  • I Won’t Take the Nurse Practitioners’ Bait

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    The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is obviously intent on picking a fight with physicians. No thanks. We’ll take the high road, fully aware of the dangers of their plans, and stick with what we know is best for our patients: the physician-led health care team.

    TMA Details Concerns  

  • Medicine’s Candidates Sweep General Election

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    Final tallies in federal races may still be pending, but Texas voters have spoken. Loudly. And their votes will help medicine maintain a strong voice in the Texas Legislature.

    Get the Election Results Here  
  • Bill Would Expand Student Loan Forgiveness for Texas Physicians

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    The Texas Medical Association and California Medical Association applauded a bipartisan group of U.S. senators for introducing a bill that addresses physician shortages and improves access to care, particularly in children’s hospitals and nonprofit hospitals.

    Read the Associations Statement  
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