The Texas Medical Association conducts surveys of Texas physicians to research regulatory, socioeconomic, and political issues to support federal and state legislative efforts. Here are the findings:
Survey: Medicare Cuts Could Force Physicians to Drop Care Even Amid Pandemic
With physicians facing several Medicare payment cuts totaling nearly 10% at the start of 2022, a new Texas Medical Association member survey quantifies the drastic impact the cuts could have on access to care if Congress doesn’t act to stop the cuts. Read the survey findings.
EHR Survey Says
TMA's 2020 Survey of Texas Physicians asked the state’s doctors about their experience with several aspects of health information technology, including electronic health records. Here are the results.
COVID-19 Practice Viability Survey of Texas Physicians May 2020 Research Findings
In May of 2020, a survey was emailed to 36,995 Texas physicians to gauge COVID-19's financial impact on practices of all sizes, types, and specialties. After seven days, responses were received from 1,548 physicians. Highlights from the analysis include 62% of Texas physicians experienced a salary reduction and 66% reported a patient volume reduction of more than half. See the rest of the results here.
TMA Physician Survey 2018 Report
Every two years, the Texas Medical Association conducts a survey of Texas physicians to identify emerging issues, track the impact of practice and economic changes, assess physician priorities, and develop data to support advocacy efforts. The report of the results of the 2018 survey has been temporarily removed from the website after errors were discovered that affected the results reported for a small number of the questions that were asked. We will post the corrected report as soon as it is available. If you need to see any of the 2018 results immediately, please contact Pam Udall - VP, Communications, by email or by phone at (512) 370-1357, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1357, or (512) 413-6807.
In September of 2017, a survey was emailed to 13,696 Texas physicians, both members and nonmembers, from counties listed by the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) as affected by Hurricane Harvey. After four days, responses were received from 524 physicians with practices from the 39 counties designated by FEMA as official disaster areas. Highlights from the analysis include as a result of Hurricane Harvey, 65 percent of physicians temporarily closed their practice and 35 percent reduced their hours or services. See the rest of the results here.
TMA Physician Survey 2016 Results on Support for Measures to Cover Uninsured
Physicians were asked about if support or oppose various methods of providing medical care for the uninsured, including a federal single-payer health insurance plan. Get the results here.
TMA 2016 Physician Survey Findings and Results
Every two years, the Texas Medical Association conducts a survey of Texas physicians to identify emerging issues, track the impact of practice and economic changes, assess physician priorities, and develop data to support TMA advocacy efforts. The following results are based on an email survey conducted from January through August 2016 and covered balance billing, recently proposed health plan mergers, availability of care, legislative issues, EHRs, quality of care, Medicare and Medicaid (see also the survey charts here.)
TMA 2016 Physician Survey Report on Electronic Health Records
The Electronic Health Records Survey is a section of the 2016 Physician Biennial Survey. In May 2016, physicians were surveyed regarding their opinion and experiences with EHRs. Approximately 38,340 Texas physician and residents with email addresses in the TMA database were emailed a personalized link to the survey. This infographic represents the preliminary results of that research. The final report is here.
TMA ICD-10 Research Findings
October 1 is the day all physicians must begin using ICD-10 to record all diagnoses and inpatient procedures. Mandated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the upgrade from the current coding system, requires doctors’ offices to collect and report more detailed patient data. The ICD-10 survey conducted by TMA in July of 2015 asks Texas physicians about their practice’s readiness to adopt the new system.
TMA 2015 Physician Survey Report on Meaningful Use
TMA hears from numerous physicians who are dropping out of the meaningful use program as it becomes less and less meaningful to patient care. TMA surveyed Texas physicians about their experience and received much-needed data to support TMA advocacy for CMS to overhaul or eliminate the meaningful -use program, especially as stage 3 rules are proposed.
TMA 2014 Physician Survey Report on Electronic Health Records
The Electronic Health Records Survey is a section of the 2014 Physician Biennial Survey. In February of 2014, physicians were surveyed regarding their opinion and experiences with EHRs. Approximately 30,250 Texas physician and residents with email addresses in the TMA database were emailed a personalized link to the survey in February. Responses were received 1,552 members and nonmembers.
TMA 2014 Practice Settings Research Finding
In January of 2014, physicians were surveyed regarding practice settings. The following are selected results from the 2014 Physician Biennial Survey.
TMA Physician Charts
The TMA 2014 Physician Survey Charts are the graphs from the 2014 Physician Survey.
TMA's 2014 Physician Survey Report
The TMA Survey of Texas Physicians is a biennial survey of Texas physicians which tracks the impact of practice, economic changes, physician priorities, and develops data to support TMA advocacy efforts. The 2014 survey contained questions regarding practice settings, electronic health records, access to care, and legislative issues.
TMA Medical Liability Survey Report — 2013
The passage of medical liability reforms in 2003 is one of the single most significant events in Texas health care for an entire generation of physicians. As we approach the 10th anniversary of those reforms, the Texas Medical Association continues to document their impact. The current survey is a benchmark of physicians’ views on the changing liability climate, regardless of whether they were practicing medicine in Texas in 2003.
TMA's 2012 Physician Survey Report
The 2012 Survey of Texas Physicians was conducted by TMA as a monthly email survey and tracks the impact of practice, economic changes, physician priorities, and develops data to support TMA advocacy efforts. In total, the survey contained 224 questions, many with multiple response items. Not all questions are answered by all respondents due to skip patterns and the monthly design.
TMA Student Survey Report
In an effort to enhance efforts and strengthen advocacy measures, the Texas Medical Association surveyed medical students across the state to assess how they perceive TMA activities, programs, and services. A personalized link was e-mailed to 5,105 students; 254 students answered the survey for a response rate of 5 percent. The following are highlights from the analysis. (January 2012)
Medicare SGR Survey Report
In August, TMA surveyed physicians to better understand how a 10- or 29.5-percent cut would impact Texas physicians and their patients. The analysis includes answers from more than 1,900 physicians. The new survey details what actions physicians have taken to date in response to the defective Medicare payment formula and what actions they plan to take January 2012 if their payments are cut.
2010 TMA Physician Survey
Every two years, the Texas Medical Association conducts a survey of Texas physicians to identify emerging issues, track the impact of practice and economic changes, assess physician priorities, and develop data to support TMA advocacy efforts. For 2010, the survey was broken down into small pieces e-mailed each month. This year students, residents, and interns were surveyed as well as Texas physicians.
2009 TMA Physician Survey
Texas Doctors: "Senate Health Plan Bad Medicine for Our Patients": Texas physicians and medical students say America's health system is in need of reform, but they don't prescribe radical change, and they believe the U.S. Congress' current treatment plan will do more harm than good. Get the results here.