As the saying goes, everything is bigger and better in Texas. And that holds true for the Texas Medical Association. More than 49,000 physicians and medical students have chosen to be members of TMA.
TMA has long advocated for a strong but fair TMB. A strong and fair TMB protects the patients of Texas, upholds high ethical and professional standards for physicians, helps to preserve the significant health care tort reforms enacted in 2003, and maintains the professional image of all Texas physicians.
Defense attorneys who represent physicians at the Texas Medical Board's (TMB's) informal settlement conferences (ISCs) say that over time the format of the hearings has become similar to that of an administrative hearing, without the guaranteed accompanying protections. In response to TMB's proposed ISC rules, TMA said ISCs have become "more and more formal, prescriptive, and regulated," without giving physicians a fair forum to defend themselves.
For some time, says Thomas Kim, MD, physicians have considered telemedicine something of a novelty, "a fascination at the periphery of health care that's tolerated."
Times and technology are changing, and the high-tech trappings of telehealth are becoming a more popular option for call coverage for busy and often overworked physicians.
“Is government giving us our money’s worth?” The Legislature relies on the Sunset process to regularly shine a light on state agencies and programs to see if they are still relevant in a changing world, and if so, how they can do their jobs better.
The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact offers a new, voluntary expedited pathway to licensure for qualified physicians who wish to practice in multiple states.
Despite significant improvements to the Texas Medical Board's disciplinary process over recent years, some physicians still complained about how the board treated them. The Texas Medical Association heard those complaints.
Most physicians strive to maintain the highest of standards by practicing good medicine and behaving professionally. But if you find yourself the subject of a TMB investigation, you need to understand how your responses and actions throughout the process will affect you now and in the future.
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