TMA In Action

  • Medicare

    TMA: CMS Needs to Back Off on Medicare Penalties

    An error on the part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) penalizes some physicians, forcing those affected by the blunder to appeal a potential payment cut by Dec. 16. The hassle caused by CMS means those physicians who took part in PQRS and VBM have to dust off their quality and cost reports to determine whether they're among the thousands at risk of incurring payment penalties. Read More

Advocacy Articles

  • Public Health
    CDC Issues Zika Virus Health AdvisoryCDC has issued a Zika virus health advisory reporting infections in travelers returning from Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and Mexico. The advisory also provides travel guidance for pregnant women and women who are trying to become pregnant. Last month, public health officials announced the confirmed diagnosis of the mosquito-borne disease in a Houston woman who traveled in November to El Salvador.
  • Public Health
    TMA Raising Physicians' Awareness of Human TraffickingVictims of human trafficking are walking into physicians' offices in Texas and elsewhere, entangling medicine in one of the most appalling and shadowy criminal realms. Their visits put doctors in a unique position to help them escape sexual and labor slavery. But evidence suggests in many cases, physicians miss that chance.
  • Texas Medicine
    Pain Rules Are a Pain for DoctorsViolating Texas Medical Board (TMB) rules for the treatment of chronic pain may not lead to a criminal conviction. But that doesn't mean law enforcement won't use the rules as a starting point for investigating and catching physician criminals — such as suspected "pill mill" operators.
  • Physician Ownership
    Lift Ban on New Physician-Owned HospitalsTMA and AMA aren't too thrilled with legal limitations placed on the expansion of physician-owned hospitals. The organizations told Congress just that in a letter of support for HR 2513, that would partially lift the ban on new physician-owned hospitals and also address limitations on the growth of existing facilities..
  • Medicaid
    Medicaid Officials Seek TMA Input on Red-Tape ReliefThe state got the message loud and clear: Physicians and patients are sick and tired of the myriad administrative roadblocks that came along with the expansion of Medicaid managed care in Texas and the toll they take on access to care. Thanks to relentless advocacy by TMA's Medicaid Congress and cooperation from new Medicaid leadership, relief may finally be in sight.
  • Licensure
    TMA Weighs in on Proposed TMB RulesTMA has been busy submitting comments on proposed TMB rules. TMA President Tom Garcia, MD, signed three separate comment letters, which pertain to out-of-network claim dispute resolution; a monitoring, proctoring, or supervising physician/professional's recommendation for competency assessment; and visiting physician temporary permits.
  • Professional Liability Insurance Reform
    New Mexico Court Urged to Heed Texas Tort ReformA medical liability case involving a Texas physician who provided care to a New Mexico resident in Texas should not be governed by New Mexico's far weaker tort laws, TMA, the Texas Alliance for Patient Access, the New Mexico Medical Society, and dozens of other physician groups in both states wrote in a brief to the New Mexico Supreme Court.
  • Texas Legislature
    Lawmakers Get Head Start on 2017 Health Care IssuesThe 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; health care issues will get a share of legislators' attention.
  • Health Insurance
    TMA Fights Aetna-Humana MergerAs health plans attempt to supersize, the Texas Medical Association and organized medicine are ordering up a tall glass of scrutiny of the proposed Aetna-Humana and Anthem-Cigna mergers. Physicians say the mergers would expand insurers' waistlines and wallets, while leaving doctors and patients with the heartburn of fewer choices and higher costs.
  • Legislature
    TMA's 2015 Legislative Victories Build on Past AchievementsThis legislative session, medicine resolved to ensure physicians can give their patients the best care possible. The hard work paid off in significant victories that largely build on the TMA's 2013 legislative successes.

Special Report

Healthy Vision 2020

The fields of engagement — the Texas Legislature, U.S. Congress, courts, state and federal bureaucracies — are many. The issues are all-encompassing. But TMA’s approach is clear in this second edition. Read More