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Retiring the R-Word: The Right Thing to Do - 07/03/2019

The AMA House of Delegates last month adopted policy that would put the first three phrases on the verboten list for physicians. Kudos to the delegates for recognizing that words, especially in the mouths and pens of powerful people like physicians, really do matter.


AMA House Punts on Texas Plan to Fix QPP - 06/26/2019

A decision on whether the American Medical Association (AMA) will join the Texas Medical Association’s call for major changes to Medicare’s Quality Payment Program (QPP) will have to wait a few more months, the AMA House of Delegates decided at its annual meeting in Chicago last week. The QPP overhaul was just one of 11 resolutions the Texas delegation to the AMA took to the five-day meeting. Most of the other 10 received a very warm welcome.


Houston Physician Is AMA Board Chair-To-Be - 06/17/2019

In 2020, Texas physicians will hold the largest reins of power at the American Medical Association. The AMA Board of Trustees last week chose Russell W.H. Kridel, MD, a facial plastic surgeon from Houston, as its new chair-elect. Dr. Kridel has been a board member since 2014 and served as secretary of the board last year. He will become chair following the AMA’s annual meeting in June 2020.


AMA Taps Texas Physician As Next President - 06/10/2019

Susan Rudd Bailey, MD, an allergist from Fort Worth, was unanimously elected today by the American Medical Association House of Delegates to be the next AMA president. “Challenging times remain for our health care system,” she told the delegates


Texas Doctors Seek to Help Trafficking Victims, Protect New Mothers - 06/07/2019

Texas doctors hope policy proposals put forth now can help stop human trafficking and protect women having a baby by extending their health insurance coverage. The American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates policymaking body will take up these and other resolutions this weekend and in the coming week during the national medical association’s annual meeting, in Chicago.


Milestone Shows How Far Women Have Come in Medicine - 06/07/2019

After 151 years of all-male leadership at the nation’s largest physician organization, a family physician from Texas broke through the glass ceiling at the American Medical Association on June 17, 1998. Twenty-one years later, another Texas physician is poised to become the AMA’s sixth woman president – and its third in a row.


Texans Invite AMA to Join Crusade to Fix QPP - 06/04/2019

Don’t be surprised if the members of the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates leave their annual meeting next week talking with a Texas drawl. Not only is Fort Worth allergist Sue Bailey, MD, likely to be picked as the next AMA president; not only are Texans represented at almost every level of AMA leadership; not only is there a special reception honoring Louis J. Goodman, PhD, who is retiring as CEO of the Texas Medical Association; there’s also this little matter of 11 policy proposals the Texas delegation has submitted for the AMA house to consider.


Learn To Be An Effective Politician at AMA Workshop - 01/07/2019

If you’re now thinking about getting involved in politics, but you’re not sure how, start by attending the 2019 AMPAC Candidate Workshop in March.


A Sermon Every Physician Should Read - 11/17/2018

Linda G. Fischer, a chaplain with the Palliative Care Team at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, offered the following as the opening invocation at the 2018 Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates on Nov. 10, 2018. This reporter was so struck by the power of her words that I felt every Texas physician would benefit from reading them.


A Sermon Every Physician Should Read - 11/17/2018

Linda G. Fischer, a chaplain with the Palliative Care Team at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, offered the following as the opening invocation at the 2018 Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates on Nov. 10, 2018. This reporter was so struck by the power of her words that I felt every Texas physician would benefit from reading them.


Three Texans Earn AMA Honors - 11/12/2018

The American Medical Association on Saturday honored three Texans for their service to the residents of the state and to their physicians.


Is Medicine in Good Health? - 07/02/2018

American Medical Association members and nonmembers are invited to take AMA’s annual survey, which seeks input on health care-related topics to help AMA identify and better understand the issues physicians face every day.


Texans Complete Sweep of AMA Posts - 06/13/2018

A pair of Texas physicians won reelection to their American Medical Association leadership posts Tuesday, continuing a strong showing by the Texans at the 2018 annual meeting of the AMA House of Delegates here.


Wins and More: Update from the AMA Annual Meeting - 06/12/2018

Texas physicians and medical students began chalking up election victories early at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association House of Delegates. More elections loom for Tuesday, as do several days of debate on policy issues Texans brought to the Chicago meeting.


Texas Doctors Seek Red-Tape Reduction to Help Patients in Need - 06/07/2018

The 34-member Texas Delegation to the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates will ask the policymaking body to adopt a resolution this week to help patients with disabilities get devices to help them move, and another to allow physicians to prescribe medications electronically for patients they know.


Physicians’ Economic Impact Felt in Rural Texas and Nationwide - 05/03/2018

In Texas, physicians create more than 670,000 jobs and generate almost $118 billion in state economic activity, according to a new report.


Three TMA Leaders Snag AMA Spots - 04/20/2018

During its weekend meeting, the American Medical Association Board of Trustees approved the appointment of three TMA leaders to key American Medical Association posts.


Wichita Falls-Area Physicians Take TMA Leadership Positions - 03/16/2018

Two Wichita Falls-area physicians have been selected for leadership positions in the Texas Medical Association (TMA). TMA held elections and appointments in conjunction with its TexMed conference and expo, held this year in Houston. The physicians will begin their term of service at TMA’s Fall Conference in September.


AMA House Tackles Scope Challenges - 02/14/2018

Fueled by a historically rare consensus on major issues, the American Medical Association House of Delegates took swift action to address many of the difficulties that frustrate physicians these days.


145 Days: It’s About Time, JAMA - 02/04/2018

It looks like the 145 days it took the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) to publish a 279-word, five-paragraph response to a commentary that ran in August 2017 is exactly the slow and methodical pace the JAMA editors intend.


AMA House Tackles Scope Challenges, Payment Problems - 12/08/2017

Fueled by a historically rare consensus on major issues, the American Medical Association House of Delegates took swift action to address many of the difficulties that frustrate physicians these days.


For Doctors, Autonomy Means Coming Together, Speaking as One - 09/21/2017

More and more, doctors are facing the demise of the independent practitioner. Changing cultural norms that have placed a stronger emphasis than before on work-life balance, along with the complexities of modern health care ― regulation compliance, coding, electronic medical records, outcomes, and the bottom line ― mean that many physicians aren't as willing to make the sacrifices necessary to play a significant role in determining the future of their profession.


Beaumont Physician Reelected to TMA Leadership Position - 07/24/2017

Garrett K. Peel, MD, a Beaumont general surgeon in practice for eight years, was reelected to the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Council on Science and Public Health. TMA held elections and appointments in conjunction with its TexMed conference and expo, held this year in Houston. Dr. Peel will begin his term of service at TMA’s Fall Conference in September.


Austin-Area Physicians Take TMA Leadership Positions - 07/24/2017

Eleven Austin-area physicians have been selected for leadership positions in the Texas Medical Association (TMA). TMA held elections and appointments in conjunction with its TexMed conference and expo, held this year in Houston. The physicians will begin their term of service at TMA’s Fall Conference in September.


El Paso Physicians Take TMA Leadership Positions - 07/24/2017

Three El Paso physicians have been elected for leadership positions in the Texas Medical Association (TMA). TMA held elections and appointments in conjunction with its TexMed conference and expo, held this year in Houston. The physicians will begin their term of service at TMA’s Fall Conference in September.