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Medicaid Drug Red Tape Delays Patients’ Medicines
Red tape in the Medicaid prescription drug program hinders some low-income children and adult patients across Texas from timely getting necessary medications prescribed by their physicians, according to the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Texas Medicine magazine.

TMA Recognizes Health Reporting Excellence
The Texas Medical Association (TMA) announces the 2016 TMA Anson Jones, MD, Award winners for outstanding health and medical news reporting during 2015 (see winner list below). TMA member physicians presented TMA Anson Jones, MD, Awards to journalists at local ceremonies throughout the spring.

Tour de France or Neighborhood Ride: Wear Your Helmet
Tour de France competitors wear a helmet while riding. The physicians of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) encourage physical activity, such as cycling, and urge the use of a properly fitted helmet when doing so.

“Right-to-Try” Law Aims to Aid Terminally Ill Texans
One year after becoming law, a “right-to-try” measure to make experimental drugs more accessible to terminally ill patients has some physicians optimistic about the potential for more patients to try experimental therapies but others concerned it may give patients false hope and delay important conversations about advanced care planning. Meanwhile, it’s unknown how many patients have taken advantage of this new law the Texas Legislature passed last session, according to the July issue of Texas Medicine magazine, the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) official publication.

Make a New Plan, Stan: Physicians Offer 50 Ways to Better MACRA
The Texas Medical Association (TMA) today sent a lengthy formal comment letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) listing TMA’s 50 recommendations to improve the agency’s draft rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

Heads-Up, Students: No Shot, No College
As college-bound students pack their bags to move into the dorm, the physicians of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) want to remind them about an important and required vaccination. Texas law requires almost all new and transfer college students under age 22 to be vaccinated against meningococcal disease at least 10 days before classes begin, or to show proof of vaccination within the previous five years.


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