Sunset

TMA Legislative News Hotline: Week Ending Aug. 4, 2017 - 07/10/2018

Either House Bill 1 or Senate Bill 20 must pass the other chamber. Without legislative action, the TMB and the Medical Practice Act both will expire Sept. 1. SB 20 was heard in the House State Affairs committee mid-week and left pending. HB 1 still awaits referral to a Senate committee.


TMA Legislative News Hotline: Week Ending Aug. 11, 2017 - 07/10/2018

There’s Light at the End of the Medical Board Renewal Tunnel


TMA Legislative News Hotline: Week Ending Aug. 18, 2017 - 07/10/2018

The Texas Legislature’s first called special session ended one day early this week, when the House, and then the Senate, adjourned Sine Die. Fortunately, the imperative bills passed in time. Here’s a quick update.


TMA Legislative News Hotline: Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 - 07/10/2018

With extremely limited time remaining in the special session, the filing of bills has stopped. More than 580 have been introduced thus far in a condensed session with three days to go. TMA continues to actively monitor many of them as the special session rapidly wanes.


TMA Legislative News Hotline: Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 - 07/10/2018

Check out the strong (and short!) Doomsday video message from TMA President Carlos J. Cardenas, MD.


TMA Legislative News Hotline: Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 - 07/10/2018

With limited time remaining in the special session, the pace of bill filing is a slow trickle. More than 540 have been introduced thus far in a condensed session with less than two weeks to go. TMA is tracking 127 of them — many of which are reprised from the regular session. Stay tuned for daily updates.


TMA Legislative News Hotline: Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 - 07/10/2018

The final week of the Texas Legislature’s first called special session is underway, with progress finally being made on the imperative bills. Here’s a quick update — more detail can be found in a previous Hotline.


TMA Legislative News Hotline: Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 - 07/10/2018

Governor Abbott signed the Senate version of the Texas Medical Board (TMB) Sunset bills — SB 20 (which extends the life of TMB) and Senate Bill 60 (which provides funding for the agency) — on Friday, the same day they passed on third reading in the House. The bills’ passage meant an end to the Texas Health Care Doomsday scenario.


TMA Legislative News Hotline, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 - 07/10/2018

TMA President Carlos J. Cardenas, MD, urges action by lawmakers in this short Doomsday video message. With limited time remaining in the special session, the pace of bill filing has essentially stopped. Nearly 575 have been introduced thus far in a condensed session with one week to go. TMA continues to actively monitor 133 of them as the special session wanes. Stay tuned for daily updates.


Medical Board Avoids Sunset During Special Session - 04/27/2018

Gov. Greg Abbott signed bills extending the life of the Texas Medical Board and the Medical Practice Act on Aug. 11, just hours after they reached his desk. Both would have vanished Sept. 1 without legislative action. TMA thanked the governor and lawmakers for "standing up for medicine and patient care."


TMA: Medical Board Should Stop Hiding Experts’ Reviews of Complaints - 04/27/2018

The Texas Medical Board should provide more information to physicians when it investigates complaints against them and needs more flexibility when imposing sanctions, the president of the Texas Medical Association said yesterday.


TMA Demands Fairer TMB Investigations - 04/19/2018

Is it already time to review the Texas Medical Board? Again? Remarkably, yes. And the Texas Medical Association once again is making recommendations to the Sunset Advisory Commission — hoping, among other things, to boost the fairness of Texas Medical Board investigations when physicians face a board complaint.


Governor Signs TMB Sunset Bills - 08/11/2017

“The Texas Medical Association thanks Gov. Greg Abbott for placing the Medical Practice Act and TMB Sunset renewal on the legislative special session call. We also thank Texas lawmakers for answering that call and passing these laws overwhelmingly, to ensure Texans can continue to receive the best patient care possible from their physicians.


25 Days ’Til “Health Care Doomsday” Could Strike Texas - 08/08/2017

The Texas Medical Association (TMA), representing more than 50,000 physicians and medical students, today launched the “Texas Health Care Doomsday Calendar Countdown” awareness campaign to let the public know about the dire and shocking crisis ahead for our state if the legislature fails to pass a Sunset continuation bill for the Texas Medical Board.


Is Texas Headed for Health Care Doomsday? - 08/07/2017

The Texas Medical Association (TMA), representing more than 50,000 physicians and medical students, has launched the “Texas Health Care Doomsday Calendar Countdown” awareness campaign to let the public know about the dire and shocking crisis ahead for our state if the legislature fails to pass a Sunset continuation bill for the Texas Medical Board.


More Work Done - 07/20/2017

On June 6, a little more than a week after the Texas Legislature adjourned, Governor Abbott called for the special session to begin on July 18. He directed the legislature to make renewal of the Texas Medical Board and several other state agencies its first priority. He said he would allow the legislature to tackle a list of 19 other items after that.


Sunset Review of TMB Fails to Address Disciplinary Process Improvements - 12/01/2016

In comments to the Sunset Advisory Commission on its 2016–17 review of the Texas Medical Board (TMB), TMA says one important matter is disappointingly absent from the agency's thorough and detailed report: improving TMB's disciplinary process. While TMA generally supports the sunset staff's report, the association says more could be done to ensure effective operations at the medical board.


Will the Sun Rise? - 06/02/2016

Through the sunset review process, the Texas Legislature regularly evaluates the need for and performance of all state agencies to make sure they are operating effectively and efficiently. During the current cycle, a 12-member Sunset Advisory Commission that includes physician representation is carefully examining the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, and all other associated health agencies. TMA has weighed in with recommendations and testimony to ensure the state's health agencies are meeting patients' needs — input that in the past led to program improvements and strengthened oversight and accountability.


Sun to Set on Overzealous Fraud Investigations - 05/13/2016

After a scathing Sunset Advisory Commission report on the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the Texas Medical Association supports improving the agency's investigations of physicians accused of fraud, waste, and abuse. The report says the OIG — tasked with preventing, detecting, and investigating fraud, waste, and abuse in the Medicaid system — fails at fraud prevention, takes more than three years to resolves cases, and wins back only a fraction of the amount of allegedly abusive or wasteful spending it identifies.