TMA In Action

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    TMA Asks TMB to Withdraw Proposed Call Coverage Rules

    TMA weighed in strongly against proposed new Texas Medical Board rules that one Dallas physician called "totally bizarre and dangerous." The new rules state that physicians who enter into call coverage agreements "are contractually obligated and mutually responsible for meeting the standard of care" for established patients and for sharing documentation of any call coverage provided. Read More

Advocacy Articles

  • Professional Liability Insurance Reform
    TAPA Creates Sample Release Forms for New Mexico PatientsThe New Mexico Legislature recently passed House Bill 270, which 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, TAPA has developed two forms. 
  • Advocacy
    Physicians Foundation Survey Gauges Your SatisfactionHow satisfied are you with the current state of medicine? The Physicians Foundation is surveying you and your 650,000 physician colleagues across the country to determine just that. The survey asks for your thoughts on health reform, electronic health records, new physician payment methods, ICD-10, and a variety of other topics.
  • Public Health
    Help Your Patients Prevent Zika Virus TransmissionTo help prevent the spread of Zika virus in Texas, DSHS has developed flyers and door hangers (available in English and Spanish) you can use in your office to educate your patients on protecting themselves from the disease. DSHS is testing for Zika virus at its public health lab in Austin. The CDC encourages Texas physicians to report suspected Zika virus cases to DSHS. 
  • Medicare
    TMA: CMS Needs to Back Off on Medicare PenaltiesAn error on the part of 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.
  • 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.
  • 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