Health Information Technology Advocacy

TMA Wants Meaningful Use Hardship Exception - 06/13/2016

TMA President Tom Garcia, MD, told U.S. Rep. Tom Price, MD (R-GA), in a letter that TMA supports his H.R. 3940, the Meaningful Use Hardship Relief Act of 2015. The bill authorizes a meaningful use significant hardship exception for the 2015 reporting period due to the delay in timely publication of the Stage 2 meaningful use rule. Support for HR 3940 is part of TMA's advocacy efforts to put the meaning back in meaningful use.


TMA Supports Privatizing Texas Health Services Authority - 06/13/2016

In regard to any future organization or entity that the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) designates to provide certification of compliance with privacy and security standards for the electronic sharing of protected health information, TMA would request the addition of the following language to ensure that health care providers and other covered entities are charged a reasonable fee for provision of the certification. Additionally, although HHSC likely would include language to permit termination for cause of any contractual relationship with the designated organization or entity, we recommend inclusion of the following protective language as well.


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.


Continue Texas Health Services Authority - 06/06/2016

Senate Bill 203 by Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound), which was taken up in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. The legislation addresses recommendations proposed by the Sunset Advisory Commission to continue the Texas Health Services Authority (THSA). THSA was created by the Texas Legislature in 2007 as a public-private partnership to help coordinate the implementation of health information exchange.


Bill Would Set Health Information Exchange Guidelines - 06/06/2016

TMA supports the provisions of the bill that mandate that the executive commissioner ensure that all systems set for future procurement have the needed capabilities to exchange health information securely, in accordance with applicable data exchange standards, to promote interoperability.