• Our 2017 Prescription to Keep Texas Healthy

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    As always, the TMA professional staff will complement the relationships that physician leaders have built with their senators and representatives as they work to promote TMA’s 2017 agenda. Tops on the list are the state budget, insurance reform, scope of practice, telemedicine, the Texas Medical Board, and public health priorities. 

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  • TexMed 2017 Roundup: TMA to Fight Medicaid Funding Caps
    The Texas Medical Association will continue to fight federal lawmakers' attempts to cap funding for the state’s Medicaid recipients, as proposed in the American Health Care Act, TMA's House of Delegates decided at TexMed 2017 last week.
    Texas Medicine Pushes Through Final Legislative Flurry
    Earlier this month, at the final First Tuesdays at the Capitol event of the 2017 legislative session, TMA lobbyist Darren Whitehurst told physicians he could see the light at the end of the tunnel, but that he'd have to wait until session was over to say "whether it's a train or not." Whether it turns out to be a train or a shining, promising new destination for Texas medicine, that mysterious light is now even closer as just two weeks remain until the session adjourns.
    TMA: Process to Remove SSNs from Medicare ID Cards Will Cause Confusion, Delays
    Removing patients' Social Security numbers from their Medicare ID cards is needed to protect their privacy, TMA and other medical societies say, but the way it's being handled will cause unnecessary confusion and delays in care.
    MIPS-Exempt? Check Online
    Physicians can now go online to determine whether they are exempt from the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for the 2017 performance period. Remember, your 2017 MIPS scores can affect your 2019 Medicare payments.
    TMA Fights for Physician Named in Civil Rights Suit
    A civil rights ruling against a Houston physician exposes medical examiners and other government employed physicians to undue liability lawsuits, and should be overturned, according to a brief filed by TMA and other groups.
    Reminder: Physicians No Longer Need Controlled Substances Registration
    TMA reminds its members they no longer need a Department of Public Safety controlled substances registration.
    Internist Mentors Needed STAT in Major Metro Areas
    Are you a primary care physician practicing in Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, or the Rio Grande Valley? If so, medical students in your community need your support.
    Get the Tools You Need to Treat Postpartum Depression
    Texas clinicians now have a comprehensive online resource for screening, diagnosing, and treating postpartum depression.
    Three Organizations Get Early Approval to Prescribe Cannabis
    The Texas Department of Public Safety has conditionally approved three physician organizations to prescribe low-THC cannabis to patients diagnosed with intractable epilepsy.
    Zika Virus Testing — New Medicaid Instructions for Laboratories and Ordering Physicians
    Laboratories must use a U4 modifier when submitting Medicaid claims for Zika virus testing, the Texas Medicaid and Healthcare Partnership announced on May 5.
    Feds Give Texas Millions to Fight Opioid Addiction
    Texas is set to receive an injection of federal dollars as part of a nationwide effort to fight opioid addiction.
    Training to Focus on Opioid Prescribing Guidelines
    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched an online training series to help clinicians apply its opioid prescribing guidelines for adults with chronic pain.
    Are You MIPS Exempt? Word Coming Soon
    Physicians, check your mailboxes to find out whether you are eligible or exempt from the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for the 2017 performance period and what that may mean for your 2019 Medicare payment rates.
    State Issues Meningococcal Disease Alert
    The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is investigating a case of possible exposure to meningococcal disease at a Houston event in mid-April that had thousands of attendees, DSHS announced in an alert through the Texas Public Health Information Network.
    Federal Tort Reform Bill Should Mirror Texas Law, Groups Say
    Physicians, hospitals, and other health care providers throughout Texas would lose substantial protections against frivolous medical lawsuits if a bill working its way through the nation's capital becomes law, two Texas medical groups say.
    Empower Future Physicians in Three to Four Weeks
    Follow in the footsteps of the physicians who influenced your work in primary care. Sign up to serve as a physician mentor for the 2017 General Internal Medicine Statewide Preceptorship Program (GIMSPP), hosted by the Texas Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP).
    Beware of Buying, Prescribing Illegal and Unlicensed Drugs
    TMA reminds physicians and providers that buying medical devices and drugs from illegal or unlicensed sources not only puts patients in danger but also can result in criminal charges, fines, and jail time.
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