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Big Noises Big Issues: Health Care Takes Center Stage One Year Out From 2020 Election - 11/11/2019

One year from now, Texas voters will hit the polls. They’ll be voting for president, for Congress, and for seats in the Texas Legislature. At the state and national levels, health coverage, Medicaid access, and prescription drug costs have gotten plenty of attention already, and they’ll get plenty more between now and the closing of the polls on Nov. 3, 2020. Here’s a look at some of the major health care debates taking center stage during the 2020 election cycle, what voters are and will be hearing about, and what Texas Medical Association policy says on those particular issues.


Beyond the Slogan “Medicare for All” - 10/03/2019

Medicare For All is becoming popular among Democratic lawmakers and the public. But, as popular as the concept is, the details are lost in the simple slogan of “Medicare for All.”


Federal Bill Would Limit Opioid Scrips for Acute Pain - 04/22/2019

The proposed three-day limit on opioid prescriptions for acute pain would be one of the more impactful provisions for pain doctors and their patients. Exceptions would include prescriptions for chronic pain, cancer care, hospice or end-of-life care, and pain treatment that’s part of palliative care.


TMA Pushes to Pass Preventing Maternal Deaths Act - 03/07/2018

Texas Medical Association has thrown its support behind a bill before the U.S. House of Representatives that would help states combat maternal deaths.


Fontenotes: Three Things to Watch in 2018 - 01/19/2018

As 2018 peeks over the horizon, it promises to be another year of health care headlines and talking heads, with political free-for-alls, wins, and losses. I promise you there will be at least three things to be watching in the year to come, and I would like to give you a quick preview of each.


Texas Doctors See Post-Election Opportunity to Reshape Health Care - 10/19/2017

The 2016 elections brought physicians an excellent opportunity to rebuild America's health care systems, TMA officials say.


Purchasing Insurance Across State Lines - 05/25/2017

The Affordable Care Act, signed by the President in 2010, actually provides for the sale of health insurance across state lines. States may form interstate compacts that would allow states in those compacts to sell qualified health plans to purchasers in other states in the compact.


TMA Offers Health System Reform List to House Leaders - 12/15/2016

In response to outreach from U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady (R-The Woodlands), and other House Republican leaders, TMA provided a list of nine health care policy suggestions for the next Congress to consider.


How Will Your Practice Thrive in Post-SGR Medicare? - 12/09/2016

The Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) is gone, so now what's next? Is your practice ready for quality-based payment? Is that even the right direction for you to go? With the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 taking effect and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System on the horizon, making no changes may cost you, but implementing changes (the wrong way) may cost you more.


TMA Asks Feds to Avert ICD-10 Calamity - 06/13/2016

Describing the Oct. 1 mandatory transition to ICD-10 as a "potential calamity," Texas Medical Association President Austin King, MD, asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to consider some moves that would make the transition less risky for physicians and patients.


TMA Opposes Bill to Expand Audiologists' Scope - 05/21/2016

TMA and more than 110 national organizations, state and local medical associations, and state and local specialty societies delivered a clear message to members of the U.S. Congress: Oppose any efforts to give audiologists direct, unlimited access to Medicare patients without a physician referral and to include audiologists in the definition of physician. The groups outlined their opposition to House Resolution 5304 in a letter to Congress last month.


We’re Giving Our Veterans Unacceptable Care - 05/20/2016

It’s an eight-hour drive from the Rio Grande Valley to my office here in Abilene. It takes just as long for someone to drive from Abilene to Albuquerque, New Mexico. And that’s just part of the problem that military veterans here in Texas face when they try to get health care from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs ― the VA.


Congress Passes VA Overhaul - 05/20/2016

On Thursday, Congress approved a widespread overhaul of the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). TMA has been calling on the nation's leaders to clear existing bureaucratic landmines — slow payment and lack of interaction between the VA and the private sector, for instance — so private-sector physicians can help get veterans the timely care they need.


TMA Urges Congress to Extend CHIP Funding Beyond 2015 - 05/13/2016

TMA signed onto a March of Dimes and Texas Pediatric Society letter asking Gov. Rick Perry to urge the Texas congressional delegation to support continued Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funding beyond 2015. Though the program will run through 2019, federal funding for CHIP expires Oct. 1, 2015, unless Congress extends it.


TMA, AMA Support Sunshine Act Open Payments Reporting Exclusion - 05/12/2016

TMA and the American Medical Association want to ensure certain educational programs and materials are excluded from Open Payments System reporting. In a letter, TMA, AMA, and dozens of medical organizations and specialty societies assert their support for HR 293 by Texas Congressman Michael C. Burgess, MD.