Legislative Hotline Video: What’s Missing From Texas’ Draft Budget? - 05/24/2019

Lawmakers released their two-year spending plan for 2020-21 this week, but TMA Immediate Past President Doug Curran, MD, says one item that’s not included was greatly needed: A pay hike for doctors who care for Medicaid patients.

Hotline Video: Medicine Calls For Tobacco Reforms - 04/12/2019

In this week’s TMA Legislative Hotline Video, watch physicians and lawmakers argue why a bill making its way through the Capitol could save the lives of thousands of young Texans.  

Legislative Hotline: Bill to Raise Tobacco-Purchase Age Moving Forward - 04/05/2019

Lawmakers unveiled new balance-billing legislation this week, while several physicians testified on key issues such as limiting scope-of-practice expansions, medical liability, and pharmacy benefit managers. All of this and more in this week’s TMA Legislative News Hotline video.

Legislative Hotline Video: Prior Auth Reform, GME Take Center Stage At The Capitol - 04/05/2019

Big issues bring out big voices in this week’s Texas Medical Association Legislative News Hotline video. TMA’s president, board members, and Council on Legislation members testified in Capitol committees this week, pushing for prior authorization reform and improvements to graduate medical education.

Hotline Video: Should Health Plans Have Sole Power to Set Out-Of-Network Rates? - 03/29/2019

This week’s Texas Medical Association Legislative Hotline video takes a first look at a new bill that could give health plans exclusive power to set rates they pay physicians – for out-of-network care.

Legislative Hotline Video: Physicians Push For Stronger Medical Board, Liability Protections - 03/29/2019

In this week’s Texas Medical Association Legislative News Hotline video, five TMA physicians argue why they support various bills, including extending children’s Medicaid, liability protections for physicians who respond to disasters, and strengthening the Texas Medical Board.

Hotline Video: TMA Leader Calls For More GME Funds - 03/01/2019

In the Capitol this week, Lubbock internist Cynthia Jumper, MD, urged budget-writing lawmakers to adequately fund graduate medical education so Texas won’t lose ground in physicians per capita.

Hotline Video Recap: TMA President Calls For Insurance Expansion - 02/22/2019

Texas Medical Association President Doug Curran, MD, makes an impassioned pitch for broader coverage for Texas’ millions of uninsured people in this week’s TMA Legislative News Hotline video.

Video Recap: Texas Lawmakers Getting To Work on Budget - 02/15/2019

In this week’s Texas Medical Association Legislative Hotline video, Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) — the Senate Health and Human Services Committee chair — shares some of her thoughts on medicine’s priorities.

Video Recap: Health Commissioners Push for More Public Health Funding - 01/29/2019

As lawmakers were beginning to look over proposed budget bills in both the House and the Senate, Texas’ most-recent health commissioners made a bid for adequate public health and prevention funding this week in a rare appearance together

Video Recap: The First Week of the 86th Texas Legislature - 01/18/2019

The first week of the 86th session of the Texas Legislature is in the books. Lawmakers in the Senate and House convened Tuesday to begin what promises to be a busy session dominated by the budget, school finance, and property taxes. Medicine has a long list of priorities for legislators as well. This week’s Texas Medical Association Legislative Hotline video features TMA Vice President of Advocacy Darren Whitehurst detailing parts of our legislative wish list, starting with the budget and better Medicaid funding.

''It Was a Little Lake in There'' - 01/11/2019

When the staff of a Houston-area children’s urgent care clinic saw security-camera images of brown, murky Hurricane Harvey floodwater submerging their waiting room, they knew it was bad.

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.