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Texas Doctors: Protect Patients’ Access to Care From Budget Cuts - 06/04/2020

The Texas Medical Association (TMA) and several other health organizations are urging state leaders to protect patient access to care by taking essential health care services off the financial chopping block.


Growing Residents: Texas Med Schools Find Ways to Create More GME Slots - 06/01/2020

Texas’ plan to grow and keep more physicians in state is coming to fruition, but it will require constant nurturing to reach harvest. The latest crop will come out of a collaboration between one of the state’s newest medical schools, in Fort Worth, and Baylor Scott and White All Saints Medical Center. The program will create as many as 150 new residency positions in the Dallas-Fort Worth area through 2027. Collaborations between medical schools and health care institutions will add to those numbers in coming years.


Bill Would Expand Student Loan Forgiveness for Texas Physicians - 05/21/2020

The Texas Medical Association and California Medical Association applauded a bipartisan group of U.S. senators for introducing a bill that addresses physician shortages and improves access to care, particularly in children’s hospitals and nonprofit hospitals.


Confused About COVID-19 Tests? Patients Might Learn From TMA’s How-To Testing Guide - 04/30/2020

With the internet full of promotions hawking dozens of different lab tests for COVID-19, Texans rightfully might wonder what those tests measure and what the results mean. And as many Texans begin to mingle with each other after six weeks of extreme social distancing, the need to get tested for the virus is growing.


Recognizing the Great Women of Texas Medicine - 04/28/2020

Today is Women in Medicine Day, honoring the tremendous contributions female physicians make to our profession and the patients we serve. The events of this past weekend underscore just how far we still have to go. I will not sugarcoat this. Discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated by the Texas Medical Association.


TMA Supports Governor’s Science-Based Plan to Reopen Texas - 04/17/2020

Statement by Texas Medical Association (TMA) President David C. Fleeger, MD, about Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement on reopening Texas.


TMA Supports Governor’s Stay Home Mandate - 03/31/2020

Statement by Texas Medical Association (TMA) President David C. Fleeger, MD, about Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s statewide stay-at-home executive order except for essential workers and needs.


TMA Applauds Bishops’ Critical Care Guide Support - 03/27/2020

Statement by Texas Medical Association (TMA) President David C. Fleeger, MD, about the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops’ statement in support of Mass Critical Care Guidelines


Texas Physicians Join Governor’s Call for Industry to Donate PPE - 03/27/2020

Statement by Texas Medical Association (TMA) President David C. Fleeger, MD, about Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s call for personal protective equipment donations.


Record Number of Doctors Arriving to Care for Texas Patients - 02/05/2020

For every Texan seeking medical care, a record – and increasing – number of physicians is available to respond. Texas’ physician workforce is growing at a record pace, according to new data. For the first time in three decades, the ratio of patient-care physicians for every 100,000 people has increased for 10 straight years (2009-2019).


TMA to Honor Physicians, Trauma Teams for Walmart Shooting Response - 02/04/2020

The president of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) will honor the many physicians, hospital caregivers, emergency medical technicians, and others who responded to the tragic El Paso Walmart shooting on Aug. 3, 2019. A gunman shot and killed 22 people and injured 24 others, many of whom received care in area hospitals. TMA President David C. Fleeger, MD, will present a TMA President’s Award to members of El Paso’s emergency medicine community at a brief ceremony.


More Women Needed in State Leadership, Panelists Say - 12/13/2019

Women need to be more aggressive about seizing leadership roles in the Texas Legislature and state government, according to a panel of Texas politicians speaking at the Texas Medical Association 2019 Advocacy Retreat on Saturday.


Texas Hits Record for New Physician Applications - 10/28/2019

The Texas Medical Board (TMB) finished is fiscal year last month having received a record number of new physician applications. TMB received 5,544 new applications, up 3 percent from the previous year's record 5,377 applicants.


Profile: A Strong Start for Texas Women in Medicine - 10/22/2019

Passionate. Knowledgeable. Dedicated. Strong. Those four words only begin to describe the multitude of women who practice medicine throughout Texas. So it’s only fitting that the physician elected as interim chair of the Texas Medical Association’s new Women in Medicine Section exemplifies these qualities.


Gender-Neutral Insurance Rates = Big Savings for Women Physicians - 10/17/2019

To help Texas Medical Association members get the income protection they need, the exclusive TMA Member Long Term Disability Plan, issued by The Prudential Insurance Company of America, uses group rates that are based on age, not gender. Female physicians will find these gender-neutral group rates significantly less expensive than most individual disability plans available in Texas. 


Texas Neighborhoods Worlds Apart in Life Expectancy - 10/08/2019

The Houston-based Episcopal Health Foundation last week issued a report comparing the life expectancy at birth of someone born in each of Texas’ 4,709 census tracts. Given the growing recognition of the importance of social determinants of health, I thought I’d dive into the report to find some good examples to share with you. I didn’t realize how deep that dive would become.


Enthusiasm, Optimism As TMA’s Women in Medicine Section Gets Down to Business - 10/01/2019

“I think it’s about time this section is here and I have high hopes for what this section can accomplish.” That was the message Texas Medical Association President David C. Fleeger, MD, delivered to the Texas Medical Association’s new Women in Medicine Section as it conducted its first organizational meeting Saturday during Fall Conference.


Define Yourself! Crafting a Powerful Personal Brand - 10/01/2019

The concept of personal brands has been a mainstay in the professional community for 15 years, but few people truly understand what personal brands are, why they are important, or how to evaluate and elevate their own brand.


A New Understanding: Improving Care for LGBTQ Patients - 09/18/2019

Like everyone else, LGBTQ patients can face some unusual medical problems. But many of these patients’ biggest challenge is that their health problems can be amplified by hostility from others. Meanwhile, structural problems within the health care system frequently discourage LGBTQ patients from visiting physicians. LGBTQ patients frequently avoid physicians because of previous bad experiences. Many physicians who would like to treat LGBTQ patients often hesitate because they fear they lack the training.


Women in Medicine: “An Awesome Responsibility” - 09/16/2019

September is Women in Medicine Month, which showcases the accomplishments of women physicians and highlights organized medicine’s advocacy related to women physicians and the health issues female patients face. Texas Medicine asked several female physicians what it means to be a woman in medicine in 2019.


Friday Deadline to Apply for Women in Medicine Leadership - 08/14/2019

The Texas Medical Association’s Women in Medicine Section will hold its first organizational meeting at the TMA 2019 Fall Conference in September, and you are encouraged to apply for a leadership position within the new section. To apply for a leadership position, submit a CV and letter of interest by Aug. 16.


New Laws Reshape Texas Health Care Landscape - 08/05/2019

New laws are about to transform health care in Texas, addressing long-term issues like surprise medical billing, raising the tobacco-use age, and improving Medicaid. The 2020-21 state budget also includes vital funding increases for women’s health programs, graduate medical education (GME), and community mental health services


Texan Continues String of Woman AMA Presidents - 08/02/2019

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


Don’t Change Poverty Level Adjustment, TMA Tells Feds - 06/27/2019

Possible changes to how the federal government determines the national poverty level could negatively affect the well-being and health care options for large portions of the population, a coalition of 10 state medical associations, including the Texas Medical Association, told the nation’s chief statistician this week.


TMA's Legislative Hotline - 06/19/2019

Want to stay fully informed of the latest dealings in the Texas Legislature when it is in session? Then subscribe today to TMA’s Legislative Hotline, which will be delivered via Texas Medicine Today.