The extended COVID-19 public health emergency revealed numerous cracks in the state’s health care infrastructure. Throughout the current legislative session, the Texas Medical Association has been committed to patching those cracks.
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“We’re actually seeing patients miss their medications, miss their procedures, and not getting things done when they need to get it done. It’s a patient safety issue.” That’s one of the messages highlighted in this week’s TMA Legislative Hotline video showcasing TMA physicians’ testimony to lawmakers on how improving health insurers’ prior authorization tactics would benefit patients. Another bill would ensure patients – not insurers – benefit from prescription coupons. And TMA testified for prudent layperson standards in emergency care, and for payment parity for telemedicine.
Watch all of TMA's 2021 Legislative Hotline Videos here.
We’re just one weeks away from this session's final virtual First Tuesdays at the Capitol, your chance to learn about TMA's legislative priorities, what's happening at the Capitol impacting your practice and your patients, and steps you can take to make a difference. Join more than 200 of your colleagues via Zoom at noon May 4. Hosted by TMA and the TMA Alliance.
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.
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.
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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TMA Legislative Medicaid/CHIP Testimonies
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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.
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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.
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.
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Lobbying your legislator has never been easier… or safer. Join TMA and TMA Alliance at noon on the first Tuesday of the month (February through May 2021) for a virtual legislative update. TMA’s lobby team will outline issues important to medicine and actions you can take now to make a difference.
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