Patient Advocacy

Lobbying Tips - 01/14/2021

The involvement of physicians, medical students and alliance members is vital to the success of TMA’s grassroots lobbying efforts. A vital asset to TMA’s professional lobbying team, only you can give your state legislators the most accurate picture about how the issues really affect the practice of medicine and the patients of Texas. TMA offers some tips for lobbying your legislator on the issues of importance to you.


Becoming a Better Physician ”Thanks” to Cancer - 03/24/2020

Having undergone the trials of being a patient awith a 'spiculated lung nodule,' I pray that we physicians remain vigilant in protecting our patients.


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.


November Ballot Will Decide Future of Cancer Research in Texas - 10/03/2019

Billions of dollars in cancer-fighting grants, research, and preventive care are on the line when Texas voters go to the polls on Nov. 5. Physicians and other supporters hope voters will elect to continue funding the state’s cancer-fighting agency, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).


The Legislative Process in Texas - 02/02/2018

The Legislature of the State of Texas is the state's lawmaking body. Its primary function is to enact laws to provide for the health, welfare, education, environment, and economic and general well-being of the citizens of Texas. It also establishes public policy through the passage of bills and resolutions and proposes amendments to the state constitution, which are then submitted to the voters for approval or disapproval.


MEDPAC to Congress: Get Rid of MIPS - 01/12/2018

On Thursday, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) voted 14-2 to recommend that Congress eliminate MIPS and replace it with an alternative quality program known as the Voluntary Value Program.


Burgess Files Texas-Style Tort Reform Bill - 06/22/2016

U.S. Rep. Michael C. Burgess, MD (R-Texas), has again filed legislation to improve patient access to physicians by ending unnecessary lawsuits by trial lawyers, just like a similar law has done in Texas since 2003.


Tell Us Your Story - 05/13/2016

The patient-physician relationship is medicine's secret weapon. We need to make it not so secret. Every physician has a story. What's yours?