Stories from Texas Medicine, September 2013

Gone to Texas - 04/24/2018

A decade has passed since the Texas Medical Association won landmark reforms of the state's medical liability system. The result has been more physicians practicing in Texas, thus improving patients' access to care, and dramatically lower liability insurance premiums for physicians.

Recognition and Reward - 04/19/2018

Physicians are dedicated to improving the health of their patients, but they want to be compensated for it. Health plans and employers want to see costs come down alongside quality improvements. The TMA House of Delegates voted to support best-practice models like the Bridges to Excellence (BTE) program to help physicians prepare for a value-based care system that will start paying them based on quality measures. BTE measures the quality of care delivered by physicians and other clinicians. Many payers have adopted the program to financially reward those who earn BTE recognition. The program emphasizes managing patients with chronic conditions and offers recognition in more than a dozen different areas, including diabetes, cardiac care, depression, and medical home readiness. 

SGR Death Throes? - 05/13/2016

Congress appears closer than ever to replacing what both physicians and lawmakers agree is a broken Medicare physician payment system, as legislative proposals in the U.S. House and Senate take shape. TMA leaders find the latest reform efforts encouraging, but remain cautiously optimistic as details emerge.

Preserving Mother's Day - 05/13/2016

In this year's legislative session, lawmakers passed Senate Bill 495, aimed at helping physicians and public health officials reduce the tragic toll of maternal death in the state. It creates the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Task Force under the Texas Department of State Health Services. The task force will study and review pregnancy-related deaths and make recommendations to help reduce pregnancy-related deaths and severe maternal morbidity in Texas.

Doctorpreneurs - 05/13/2016

The Walters Physician Incubator, a new Austin-based venture designed to help physician entrepreneurs or "doctorpreneurs," is a place for physicians to learn more about business development, share their successes and setbacks in the process, and access the resources that will help take their ideas to the next level.

Broken Silence - 05/13/2016

TMA Wins "Silent PPO" Legislation     Legislative Affairs Feature – September 2013  Tex Med. 2013 109(10) 41 45. By Amy Lynn Sorrel Associate Editor  Plano psychiatrist Philip Korenman, MD, thought he had a clean slate after canceling most of his health