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AMA House Punts on Texas Plan to Fix QPP - 11/20/2019

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.


AMA House Rejects MIPS Plan - 11/20/2019

Led by the Texas delegation, the American Medical Association House of Delegates on Tuesday rejected as inadequate a plan to improve Medicare’s Quality Payment Program (QPP) and its highly-flawed Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) track.


Texas Students and Residents Nab AMA Posts - 11/18/2019

Ten residents and medical students from Texas won elections over the weekend at the 2019 interim meeting of the American Medical Association in San Diego.


Improve Your Health Systems Science Curriculum - 08/23/2019

Do you have a significant responsibility for implementing a curriculum related to topics such as health care quality, population health, or team-based care at your institution? If so, you might benefit from the American Medical Association’s Health Systems Science Scholars Program.


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.


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.


Four Ways To Improve Your Practice’s E-Prescribing - 02/26/2019

E-prescribing has become commonplace in most practices, but, as with most new technology, there are still lessons to be learned to improve the quality of electronic prescriptions.


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.


Texas Regional Extension Center Resource Center - 09/18/2018

Regional Extension Centers (RECs) in Texas have been supporting physicians since 2009 with individualized on-site services, technical assistance, and ongoing support to select, implement or upgrade Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and guidance to meaningful use. Primary care physicians qualify for subsidized consulting (valued at $5,000) that significantly lowers the annual price of REC services. Please contact the REC covering your service area for details on pricing and service offerings.


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.


TMA to AMA: Work to Open E-prescribing For Psychiatrists - 06/08/2018

The Texas Medical Association will try to persuade the American Medical Association to adopt policy to let psychiatrists e-prescribe medications when a telemedicine relationship has been established.


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.


Help Improve E-Prescription Accuracy - 05/24/2018

To improve the accuracy of its e-prescribing system, Surescripts is recommending specific enhancements, and it wants you to respond to a brief survey to validate its recommendations.


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.