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Far-Reaching Implications: The Ripple Effects of Texas' Uninsured Rate - 12/04/2019

Data compiled by the Texas Medical Association and other organizations, as well as physicians’ own anecdotal experiences, show how 5 million uninsured patients in Texas become 5 million dominoes. As they fall, so do countless others representing the health of Texas: The economy and well-being of entire communities. The classmates and friends of uninsured children. And yes, the physicians who deal with the burdens of treating uninsured patients in emergency rooms and providing uncompensated care.


A Physician’s Personal Take on the Ongoing Impact of Tort Reform - 11/21/2019

Explore the recent effects of tort reform in Texas from the perspective of a physician who was hit with – and eventually overcame – a major liability lawsuit in TMA’s e-book,  Tangled Sutures: A Tale of Triumph and Loss in a Professional Liability Lawsuit


The Uninsured in Texas Quick Links - 11/13/2019

The Uninsured in Texas Quick Links


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.”


Good Samaritan Law - 08/16/2019

Expansion of the Good Samaritan law to volunteer health care professionals and sponsoring health care institutions for care, assistance, or advice provided during a disaster


Federal Tort Reform Bill Should Mirror Texas Law, Groups Say - 06/26/2019

Physicians, hospitals, and other health care providers throughout Texas would lose substantial protections against frivolous medical lawsuits if a bill working its way through the nation's capital becomes law, two Texas medical groups say.


Preserve Physician Liability Protections in Emergencies - 04/09/2019

We are very concerned about how this bill will damage Texas’ ability to attract and sustain highly trained, competent doctors, including obstetricians and gynecologists, and specialty doctors such as maternal fetal medicine physicians and urogynecologists. This bill will hamper physicians’ ability to make ethical and professional decisions in the best interest of their patients for fear of repercussions.


March 12 Hotline: Bill Provides Liability Protections For Physicians During Disasters - 03/12/2019

The Senate State Affairs Committee unanimously approved a bill Monday that would provide limited liability protections to volunteer physicians and other health care professionals who provide care during disasters in Texas.


Section 3: Hold Health Insurers Accountable - 01/30/2019

Beaumont anesthesiologist Ray Callas, MD, is tired of beating his head against the wall trying to get “in-network” with health insurance companies. And he’s tired of the surprise bills his patients receive when he can’t get in.  


Governor Recognizes 15 Years of Texas Tort Reforms - 09/25/2018

It’s a milestone so big for Texas medicine, it was worthy of official recognition from the governor. Gov. Greg Abbott honored the 15th anniversary of Texas’ medical liability reforms on Sept. 1 with an official proclamation.


Medical Liability Reform Anniversary: More Doctors to Care for Texas Patients - 09/10/2018

In the 15 years this month since Texas passed landmark medical liability reform, the state’s patients have enjoyed greater access to physicians’ care, as more doctors practice medicine throughout the state. House Bill 4, the Medical Malpractice and Tort Reform Act, and passage of Proposition 12, a constitutional amendment, lessened the likelihood of frivolous lawsuits against physicians and hospitals.


Protections Preserved for University-Employed Physicians - 07/17/2018

The Texas Supreme Court blocked a challenge to liability protections for physicians employed by state medical schools, a legal victory for TMA. Thanks to the court’s decision, physicians employed by a government institution, like a publicly funded medical school, still can perform clinical duties at a non-government facility, like a private hospital, without giving up immunity from lawsuits.


“We don’t want to go back to those days, ever.” - 07/02/2018

TMA Alliance member James Duerr is as passionate as the doctors he advocates for.


High Court Decision in Nondisclosure Case A Win For Medicine - 06/20/2018

The Texas Supreme Court sided with the Texas Medical Association in a nondisclosure case that TMA warned would have significant, troubling implications had it gone the wrong way.


The Top 5 Things That Get Physicians Sued - 06/05/2018

There are some obvious reasons physicians could face a medical liability lawsuit — surgical errors, misdiagnosis, and medication errors are some of the most common. But other issues related to communication, documentation, and staff conduct, also increase your legal risk.


Where Does Immunity for Government-Employed Physicians End? - 05/03/2018

The Texas Medical Association is fighting to ensure the Texas Supreme Court does not disrupt liability protections for physicians who are employed by a state medical school or other government entity.


Texas Supreme Court Lets Liability Protections Stand - 05/03/2018

Thanks to the Texas Supreme Court's decision in Perkins v. Skapek, physicians employed by a government institution still can perform clinical duties at a non-government facility without giving up immunity from lawsuits.


Commentary: Clear direction needed - 05/03/2018

The best course for providing health care lies between entitlements and options


TMA Supports Bill to Improve Balance-Bill Mediation - 04/27/2018

Balance or “Surprise bills” may occur when a person insured under a preferred provider organization (PPO) unexpectedly receives services out of network. The mediation process for out-of-network billing is working well in the state of Texas and has been a tremendous patient protection with the narrowing of insurance networks. We have seen growth in the utilization of the mediation process grow from 14 requests in 2010, to 1,677 requests in 2016. Therefore, TMA is supportive of its expansion to all out-of-network health care providers at an in-network facility along with emergency care.  Additionally, we are pleased to see that the legislation maintains the $500 threshold as well as personal responsibility of the patient.


TMA Offers Remedies to Ease Surprise Billing - 04/27/2018

Texas patients sometimes feel the pain from unexpected out-of-pocket costs not covered by their health insurance, known as “surprise billing” or “balance billing.” The Texas Medical Association (TMA) is taking aim at the problem, which occurs when a health insurance company pays less than what a doctor charges, leaving the patient to pay the balance of the bill.


Transparency in Out-of-Network Payments Needed - 04/27/2018

Since the health plan’s contract or agreement is with the enrollee, we hope health plans don’t use the same argument, saying, “It’s proprietary” to circumvent the spirit of this legislation when their own enrollees make the same inquiry about the out-of-network payment methodology.


Balance-Billing Ban Back in 2015 Legislature - 04/27/2018

Renewed attention in the 2015 Texas Legislative over balance billing stems in part from interim charges that tasked the Senate State Affairs and House Insurance committees to look at whether existing laws dating back to 2007 are working to inform patients ahead of time when out-of-network physicians might balance-bill them for services their health plans don't fully cover. The issue is in the national spotlight, too, with the proliferation of high-deductible and narrow-network plans sold in the Accountable Care Act insurance marketplace. New federal rules take aim at ACA plans' inadequate networks and inaccurate physician and hospital directories. The Texas Medical Association is pushing for similar health plan accountability measures at the state level, with a careful eye on legislation that could restrict out-of-network physicians' ability to balance-bill for services they legitimately provide.


TMA's 2015 Legislative Victories Build on Past Successes - 04/26/2018

In a 2015 legislative session marked by new state leadership, new money, and big shifts in how Texas' major health care agencies oversee care delivery, the house of medicine remained as steady as ever in its mission to ensure physicians can give their patients the best care possible. That resolve paid off in significant victories that largely build on the Texas Medical Association's 2013 legislative successes.


Capitol Success - 04/26/2018

This legislative session, medicine resolved to ensure physicians can give their patients the best care possible. The hard work paid off in significant victories that largely build on the Texas Medical Association's 2013 legislative successes.