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Census Undercount Could Stifle Texas’ Health Services, Doctors Say - 03/11/2020

Texas physicians are urging patients to answer the upcoming U.S. Census to ensure the state won’t lose billions of dollars’ worth of health and human services funding – a loss that could harm the patients themselves.


Update: TMB Clears Up Questions About PMP Checks for Inpatient Care - 02/21/2020

Will you be required to check the Texas Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) when a patient is admitted to a hospital or emergency department? Will you be required to check PMP Aware upon admission? What if you need to prescribe those medications while the patient is in that facility? The Texas Medical Board issued guidance on those very questions this week.


Why I am Hopeful for Health Care (And You Should Be, Too) - 01/03/2020

The positivity, professionalism, and commitment demonstrated by my masters of health administration students leaves me with a confident outlook for American medicine.


Hospitals Can Improve Care for Patients With Hearing-Loss, TMA Says - 01/03/2020

Hospitals and emergency departments should provide specific forms of identification for patients with hearing loss, the Texas Medical Association emphasized to the Texas Hospital Association last year.


Physician, Hospital Groups Distribute Urgent Measles Advisory - 08/06/2019

Texas doctors and hospitals have a new tool to fight the ever-increasing measles threat, as the number of people sickened by the infectious yet preventable disease climbs. The Texas Medical Association (TMA) and Texas Hospital Association (THA) have created a new resource to help physicians, hospitals, and other health care professionals combat the highly contagious, yet entirely preventable, respiratory illness.


All Together Now: Health Care Mergers Reshape the Way Texas Physicians Practice - 08/02/2019

Consolidation has touched just about every part of today’s health care industry. Hospitals, medical practices, pharmacies, insurance companies are all merging in various ways — a trend epitomized by the 2018 announcement that hospital systems Baylor Scott & White Health in Dallas and Memorial Hermann in Houston plan to become one big nonprofit.


Rural Residencies: Texas Tech’s Rural Training Track Brings More Physicians to Small Towns - 03/26/2019

In all his dreams about becoming a doctor, Ivan Becerra, MD, never imagined he’d lead a cesarean section delivery during just his second year of residency. Yet last August, that’s exactly what he was doing at Pecos County Memorial


The Deal's Off: Baylor, Memorial Hermann Opt to Skip Merger - 03/12/2019

Many health care companies have merged in recent years, but nothing symbolized the high-dollar, high-stakes nature of the trend like the proposed $14 billion merger of Texas health care giants Baylor Scott & White Health in Dallas and Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston. But then officials from both health care systems abruptly called off the deal today.


Each Physician Generates $2.4 Million For Hospitals, Survey Shows - 02/28/2019

According to a survey released this week, a physician generates an average of almost $2.4 million per year in net revenue on behalf of his or her affiliated hospitals. That’s an increase of almost 52 percent from 2016 figures, according to the  2019 Physician Inpatient/Outpatient Revenue Survey .


Physician Employment Continues to Grow, Survey Shows - 02/21/2019

According to a survey released this week, hospitals and health systems acquired 8,000 medical practices nationwide between July 2016 and January 2018. Also during those 18 months, 14,000 physicians left private practice for employment arrangements with hospitals, the numbers show.


Help Rural Hospitals Receive State Revenue - 02/05/2019

If you understand rural health needs and have some time to help hospitals in those areas seek state funding, the State Office of Rural Health needs your help.


Rural FP Finds Rewards With Full-scope Training, Deep Roots - 01/04/2019

Texas physician acknowledges the hard work it takes to build a solo practice in a rural community.


Learn How TMA Will Work for Rural Physicians at the Capitol - 12/01/2018

Tune in to a 30-minute Virtual Meeting for Select Counties to learn about TMA’s strategies for the upcoming legislative session from TMA Vice President of Public Affairs Darren Whitehurst, and to find out more about organized medicine from John Flores, MD, chair of the TMA Council on Socioeconomics.


When Investors Come Knocking, Physicians Should Guard Their Independence - 10/04/2018

Physicians and physician groups looking to court venture capital to finance their practices need to remember the value they bring to the deal and keep a sharp eye out for efforts to curtail their medical independence. That was the advice of two experts who kicked off the Texas Medical Association’s 2018 Fall Conference at the Dawn Duster presentation.


Why I'm Building a Solo Practice — Again - 09/27/2018

So here I am, starting over more than 30 years into practice. Has it been worth it? I'm practicing at the highest level of my training, devoting more time to each patient and making decisions based solely on what's best for patients without being beholden to a health system and its financial goals.


Crisis in the Country - 09/26/2018

Since 2010, Texas has seen more rural hospitals close than has any other state, leaving huge gaps in health care; however, the state's rural areas have options for maintaining health care facilities.


Rural Doc Hopes to Build Ties With Big Cities - 09/20/2018

Jacksonville OB-Gyn hopes rural docs and big centers can build collegiality.


Have Your Say on Texas’ Rules on Caring for Stroke, Trauma - 09/20/2018

The Texas Department of State Health Services is revising rules on stroke and trauma facility designation and is seeking your input.


Free Webinars on Practice Partnerships: Joining or Selling - 09/11/2018

To ink a contract that best serves you, the Texas Medical Association has developed two, 60-minute lunchtime webinars. Using case studies, these programs will provide a step-by-step approach for conducting a practice evaluation as well as a review of important legal and management considerations.


Austin Hospitalists Sue TeamHealth Over Corporate Practice of Medicine - 08/07/2018

An Austin-based medical practice has filed a lawsuit against the company St. David’s HealthCare uses to help staff physicians at its chain of hospitals, the latest in a tug of war that pits corporate finances against the physician’s view of what’s best for their patients.


Researchers Seek Your Input on Palliative Care Telementoring Program - 06/22/2018

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is creating an online mentoring program, called ECHO Palliative Care Texas, to help rural physicians care for patients who need supportive and/or palliative care as they receive cancer treatment.


TMA Joins Large Coalition Backing Physician-Owned Hospitals - 06/19/2018

It looks like a controversial moratorium on expanding and building physician-owned hospitals – AKA POHs – could be repealed. That’s the good news. The better news is that a bill moving its way through Congress to put that repeal in motion has the support of more than 50 medical organizations, including the Texas Medical Association. We’re also talking about the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Medical Association, and multiple state medical societies.


TMA Applauds 15-month Medicaid Waiver Extension - 06/19/2018

Statement of John Holcomb, MD, Chair of the Texas Medical Association Select Committee on Medicaid, CHIP & Uninsured, on today's Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announcement confirming a 15-month extension of the Medicaid 1115 Waiver for the state of Texas.


Rural Texas Physician - 04/27/2018

Spring 2017 Rural Texas Physician is a quarterly electronic periodical for physicians in the many rural areas of Texas caring for patients and their communities. TMA’s grassroots membership is the strength of the association.


Abbott to DC: End Moratorium on Physician-Owned Hospitals - 03/02/2018

Gov. Greg Abbott weighed in recently on the Affordable Care Act’s moratorium on physician-owned hospitals, telling Texas’ Republican lawmakers in Washington to support legislation to repeal those restrictions.