If you're confused about the new health system reform law and its many new provisions, you're not alone. That's why the Texas Medical Association hosts Health Reform Schools. We want to help you survive and thrive in this new health care landscape. It's part of TMA's efforts to help physicians understand and cope with the complicated health system reform law.
"Just like our patients, our member physicians are uncertain about what's in the new law and what it means to their practices," said TMA President Susan Rudd Bailey, MD. "It's our responsibility to bring them the facts as we know them and the implications as we see them."
Dr. Bailey and TMA staff experts cover four topics:
- Provisions of the new health system reform law effective in 2010, many of which start Sept. 23;
- The current political climate on Capitol Hill;
- How the new quality rating and fraud and abuse provisions impact you and your practice; and
- What you need to know about accountable care organizations.
If you want to learn more about health system reform, visit TMA's Health System Reform Action Center on the TMA website. You will find a summary of the 3,000-page law, current fact sheets tailored to your practice, an interactive timeline, video clips outlining what you need to know, and more. Check it out.
TMA is conducting a series of Health Reform Schools around the state throughout 2010 and into 2011.
There are two ways you can participate in the schools. Have your county medical society schedule one in your community or take the course online. The hour-long online session features presentations from - and a question-and-answer session with - Dr. Bailey, TMA Council on Legislation Chair Dan McCoy, MD, and TMA staff experts.
Scheduled TMA Health Reform School presentations include:
Nov. 15: Fredericksburg
Hill Country Memorial (hospital) Learning Center
1020 South State Highway 16
6:30-7 pm Appetizers/Business meeting
7-8:00 pm Health Reform School
RSVP: (830) 997-1417
Nov. 30: Longview
Pinecrest Country Club, 214 Club Dr.
6:15-7:30 pm Dinner/Health Reform School
RSVP: (903) 844-9594 or (903) 235-2228, or gucms[at]yahoo[dot]com
Jan. 25: Abilene
Abilene Country Club
4039 S. Treadaway
6-7:30 pm Reception/Buffet/Installation of Officers
7:30-8:30 pm Health Reform School
Additional schools are planned in Spring and El Paso. More information will be available later.