Help Needed: Ideas to Fix Medicaid

TMA's Physicians Medicaid Congress is working to improve Medicaid for those who currently rely on the program or may in the future. We need your help and your ideas. What changes would you like made to the program? At the top of the congress' list are establishing competitive physician payments, mitigating the dual-eligible physician payment cut, and stopping the Office of Inspector General witch-hunts.

We know there are many more improvements, specifically ways the state could simplify and streamline administrative and paperwork requirements.

Tell us what changes you want by participating in tele-town hall meetings on Nov. 27 and 28 at 7:30 pm CST. Please be prepared to offer specific examples.

  • Nov. 27: TMA will call physicians at their home phone numbers at 7:30 pm CST in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, El Paso, Galveston, Houston, Lubbock, and San Antonio.
  • Nov. 28: TMA will call physicians in small urban and rural areas of the state (same number and time).

The congress, consisting of representatives from TMA's Select Committee on Medicaid, CHIP, and the Uninsured, the Border Health Caucus, and specialty societies, will review all recommendations and vote on those that the congress believes should be the top priority. Then in January, TMA will work with state lawmakers to implement these changes.

Save the date and answer your home phone when TMA calls. If you prefer that TMA call you at another number, contact the TMA Knowledge Center by phone (800) 880-7955 or email.

Office Administrators Welcome
If you would like to invite your office administrator or other member of your staff, contact the TMA Knowledge Center by phone (800) 880-7955 or email.

If you cannot participate in the tele-town hall meeting, send your idea(s) to Helen Kent Davis by Nov. 30. The more detailed and specific information you provide, the better.

Action, Nov. 16, 2012