Physician Advocacy

  • 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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  • 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. 

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  • Physician Advocacy Articles

    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  
  • Victory! Marriage and Family Therapists Can't Diagnose

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    In a scope-of-practice victory for medicine, the Supreme Court of Texas upheld the Third Court of Appeals' decision that the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists' diagnostic assessment rule exceeds the scope of marriage and family therapy.

    More on This Huge Victory for Medicine  
  • Download Release Forms for New Mexico Patients to Sign

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    The passage of House Bill 270 by the New Mexico Legislature allows Texas physicians to obtain a signed agreement from New Mexico patients stating that should they wish to file a lawsuit they will do so in Texas court. To assist physicians in taking advantage of the law's protections, the Texas Alliance for Patient Access has developed two forms, one for emergency treatment and one for voluntary treatment. You can download the emergency treatment and voluntary treatment forms in English and Spanish from the TMA website.

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  • TMA Asks HHSC to Request More Medicaid, Public Health Funds

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    It's that time in the state's two-year budget cycle when state agencies prepare funding requests for the Texas Legislature to consider in next year's session. No agency's budget is more important to physicians than that of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), whose massive portfolio includes the state's Medicaid, public health, mental health, and women's health programs.

    Read the Official Letter to HHSC Leadership  
  • Texas Expands Access to Family Planning and Preventive Health Services

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    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. 

    Women's Health Plays Catch-Up