Maternal Illness and Deaths, Coverage Expansion Top Saturday’s TMA Conference - 02/07/2019

How to protect women from severe illness and death surrounding childbirth; ensuring Texans are vaccinated against diseases; covering low-income Texans with insurance so they can access care; top medical issues in the legislature; ethical considerations of “do not resuscitate” (DNR) law; and the state’s changing demographics and how to care for Texas of the future. Doctors will address these pressing issues and more during the 2019 Texas Medical Association (TMA) Winter Conference, in Austin.

Dawn Duster Examines “Rubik’s Cube” of New DNR Law - 02/05/2019

The in-hospital DNR law, codified as Senate Bill 11 in the 2017 Texas Legislature, went into effect on April 1, 2018. Ms. Atwood and Jason Morrow, MD, medical director of inpatient palliative medicine at University Health System in San Antonio, examined the legal requirements of the complicated law and associated ethical considerations.

TMA Legislative News Hotline: Monday, July 31, 2017 - 07/10/2018

Week three of the Texas Legislature’s first called special session has started, and while separate Texas Medical Board (TMB) sunset bills have passed their respective House and Senate chambers, neither has taken any action on the others’ bills. 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. The primary focus of state lawmakers has now shifted to the 20 additional items Gov. Greg Abbott added to the special session agenda.

TMA Legislative News Hotline: Week Ending July 28, 2017 - 07/10/2018

As Governor Abbott promised, he opened the agenda for the special session to 20 additional items after the Senate passed the sunset bills late last week. Read the items of interest to medicine right here.

Free On-Demand Webinar Explains Texas’ New DNR Law - 06/12/2018

If you’re wondering how Texas' do-not-resuscitate laws might apply to you and your patients, the Texas Medical Association’s new on-demand webinar can help: Do-Not-Resuscitate Order: Updates and Changes.

Difficult Choices - 05/13/2016

Different circumstances bring different levels of complexity to end-of-life care decisions. Physicians must act in the best interest of the patient, but with the ethical responsibility of not doing any intentional harm. As end-of-life issues heat up again in Capitol debates, protecting physicians' ability to carry out that duty under the 1999 Texas Advance Directives Act is a key feature of legislation the Texas Medical Association developed in collaboration with the Texas Hospital Association, the Texas Catholic Conference, the Texas Alliance for Life, and other faith-based groups. The groups are also pushing for reforms they believe will improve transparency and communication for all parties affected by these decisions.