• Standing Up for You With State Agencies

    From the Texas Department of Insurance and the Texas Medical Board to the Health and Human Services Commission and the Higher Education Coordinating Board, state agencies have a tremendous amount of power to control physicians' practices. By watching what the agencies are doing, commenting on rules they propose to implement new laws, or fighting those rules in court, TMA leads the battle for physicians and their patients.

    Someone has to watch the agencies -- and here's where you can watch the watchers.

  • Our Latest Agency Actions for You

    • Court Blocks TMB's Emergency Telemedicine Rules
      A district court on Jan. 20 issued a temporary restraining order against the Texas Medical Board's newly issued emergency rules that would disallow remote prescribing unless the physician first conducts a face-to-face or in-person physical examination. The court granted the order at the request of one of the nation's largest telemedicine providers who claimed that the board's Jan. 16, emergency rules violate rulemaking procedure.
    • State Suspends Fluoroscopy Training Requirements
      The Texas Department of State Health Services announced Jan. 13 that it will indefinitely delay implementing the radiation safety awareness training requirements for fluoroscopy guided interventional procedures, and will also consider modifying the training requirements rule for physicians.
    • Tips for Caring for Central American Immigrant Families
      So it's a typical day at your office. You walk into the exam room to find a Honduran mother and her two young children, brand new to this country and fresh off a bus ride from the Border Patrol processing station in McAllen. What do you have to do to make sure they're healthy and to protect your community from disease?
    • Texas Investigating Potential Measles Exposures
      A health alert issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) advises physicians to consider measles in their diagnoses. The department published the alert following notification by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment that more than 30 Texans may have been exposed to the highly contagious disease at a Wichita, Kan., softball event during the Fourth of July weekend.
    • TMA Weighs in on Public Health, Medicaid Funding
      Last week, TMA submitted comments regarding the 2016-17 legislative appropriations request from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Texas Department of State Health Services.