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Strengthen and Renew the Texas Medical Board - 03/13/2019

First, TMA and our physician members support a strong Board, a strong agency – but one that is fair and transparent. We believe this bill advances these principles for both the public and the profession. At the same time, we would favor the inclusion of three items we believe are consistent with the bill and provide some clarity.


Does Hospital Plan to Give CRNAs Autonomy? - 10/12/2018

The Texas Society of Anesthesiologists is questioning a Corpus Christi hospital’s decision to replace its long-time anesthesiology team with a group it says appears ready to give certified registered nurse anesthetists more autonomy than Texas law allows.


Keep Them From Harm and Injustice? - 10/01/2018

Fear remains a major barrier to transparency of hospital errors.


TMA Legislative News Hotline: Week Ending Aug. 4, 2017 - 07/10/2018

Either House Bill 1 or Senate Bill 20 must pass the other chamber. Without legislative action, the TMB and the Medical Practice Act both will expire Sept. 1. SB 20 was heard in the House State Affairs committee mid-week and left pending. HB 1 still awaits referral to a Senate committee.


TMA Legislative News Hotline: Week Ending Aug. 11, 2017 - 07/10/2018

There’s Light at the End of the Medical Board Renewal Tunnel


TMA Legislative News Hotline: Week Ending Aug. 18, 2017 - 07/10/2018

The Texas Legislature’s first called special session ended one day early this week, when the House, and then the Senate, adjourned Sine Die. Fortunately, the imperative bills passed in time. Here’s a quick update.


TMA Legislative News Hotline: Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017 - 07/10/2018

Special Session Ends; TMB Renewed


TMA Legislative News Hotline: Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 - 07/10/2018

With extremely limited time remaining in the special session, the filing of bills has stopped. More than 580 have been introduced thus far in a condensed session with three days to go. TMA continues to actively monitor many of them as the special session rapidly wanes.


TMA Legislative News Hotline: Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 - 07/10/2018

Check out the strong (and short!) Doomsday video message from TMA President Carlos J. Cardenas, MD.


TMA Legislative News Hotline: Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 - 07/10/2018

With limited time remaining in the special session, the pace of bill filing is a slow trickle. More than 540 have been introduced thus far in a condensed session with less than two weeks to go. TMA is tracking 127 of them — many of which are reprised from the regular session. Stay tuned for daily updates.


TMA Legislative News Hotline: Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 - 07/10/2018

The final week of the Texas Legislature’s first called special session is underway, with progress finally being made on the imperative bills. Here’s a quick update — more detail can be found in a previous Hotline.


TMA Legislative News Hotline: Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 - 07/10/2018

Governor Abbott signed the Senate version of the Texas Medical Board (TMB) Sunset bills — SB 20 (which extends the life of TMB) and Senate Bill 60 (which provides funding for the agency) — on Friday, the same day they passed on third reading in the House. The bills’ passage meant an end to the Texas Health Care Doomsday scenario.


TMA Legislative News Hotline: Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 - 07/10/2018

TMA noted concerns on House Bill 204, by Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Houston), which would mandate electrocardiograms for all high school student athletes. TMA instead supports national standardized screening procedures and evidence-based guidelines. HB 204 was heard in the House Public Education Committee earlier this week and left pending.


TMA Legislative News Hotline: Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 - 07/10/2018

TMB Renewal Avoids Doomsday Scenario — Finally


TMA Legislative News Hotline, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 - 07/10/2018

TMA President Carlos J. Cardenas, MD, urges action by lawmakers in this short Doomsday video message. With limited time remaining in the special session, the pace of bill filing has essentially stopped. Nearly 575 have been introduced thus far in a condensed session with one week to go. TMA continues to actively monitor 133 of them as the special session wanes. Stay tuned for daily updates.


Rio Grande Valley Internist Appointed to TMB - 06/18/2018

Gov. Greg Abbott appointed internist Robert David Martinez, MD, of Mission to the Texas Medical Board for a term set to expire April 13, 2019.


Cleanup, Recovery Continue in Harvey-Affected Areas - 05/10/2018

Since Hurricane Harvey slammed the Texas Coast on Aug. 25, state agencies have deployed resources to the affected areas, health plans have made policy changes, millions of dollars have been raised through donations, and thousands of Texas physicians have put in extra time and effort to address the public health concerns.


TMB Names Former County Judge as Executive Director - 05/02/2018

The Texas Medical Board has named former Orange County Judge Stephen Brint Carlton as executive director effective April 23.


Medical Board Avoids Sunset During Special Session - 04/27/2018

Gov. Greg Abbott signed bills extending the life of the Texas Medical Board and the Medical Practice Act on Aug. 11, just hours after they reached his desk. Both would have vanished Sept. 1 without legislative action. TMA thanked the governor and lawmakers for "standing up for medicine and patient care."


Allow Interstate Compact for Medical Licensure - 04/27/2018

Support House Bill 661 by Zerwas: The goal of the legislation is to make it easier for qualified physicians to obtain medical licensure in multiple states…. in an expedited, streamlined manner. This may have a number of benefits, including increasing physician participation in telemedicine care. And it may well increase our ability to attract physicians to relocate and practice in our state.


Give the Texas Medical Board Another 12-Year Lease on Life - 04/27/2018

TMA supports HB 3040 by Rep. Burkett. Like all sunset bills, this bill would reauthorize the Texas Medical Board for another 12 years.


Texas Medical Board - 04/27/2018

Texas Medical Board


TMA: Medical Board Should Stop Hiding Experts’ Reviews of Complaints - 04/27/2018

The Texas Medical Board should provide more information to physicians when it investigates complaints against them and needs more flexibility when imposing sanctions, the president of the Texas Medical Association said yesterday.


TMA Demands Fairer TMB Investigations - 04/19/2018

Is it already time to review the Texas Medical Board? Again? Remarkably, yes. And the Texas Medical Association once again is making recommendations to the Sunset Advisory Commission — hoping, among other things, to boost the fairness of Texas Medical Board investigations when physicians face a board complaint.


Practice Management Presentations by Request - 03/07/2018

TMA Practice Management Services can provide private, on-site presentations to your practice, group, or meetings upon request. TMA staff, and experts from across the state of Texas, speak on topics such as financial management, practice operations, human resources, and communication skills. Most presentations by request offer CME credit, and may include ethics credit.