Experts to Explore Transformation of Health Care System

Jan. 30, 2014

Panels, Candidate Forum Highlight TMA Conference  

  • WHAT: Top state and national physician and health care leaders, elected officials, and candidates for statewide office will gather in one place this weekend —Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) 2014 Winter Conference. State, physician, and business leaders will discuss their vision and strategies for health care delivery.
    TMA’s action-packed conference schedule boasts a candidate forum featuring the four Republican candidates for Texas comptroller, a Congressional update from Texas’ senior senator, a national health care update from the American Medical Association (AMA), and a panel discussion on the transformation of health care with experts from the State of Texas and the health care industry.  
  • WHEN:  Friday, Jan. 31, and Saturday, Feb. 1 (See schedule below.)
  • WHERE:  Hyatt Regency Austin, Level 2, Texas Ballroom, 208 Barton Springs Rd., Austin




7 pm

TEXPAC GOP Comptroller Candidate Forum

Sen. Glenn Hegar (R-Katy); Rep. Harvey Hilderbran (R-Kerrville); Debra Medina; Raul Torres 
Watch live stream of candidate forum.


8:45 am

Opening Remarks
Stephen L. Brotherton, MD, TMA president

9 am

U.S. Congressional Update 
 Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas)  
Watch live stream of Senator Cornyn’s remarks


9:45 am

American Medical Association Update 
 Introduction: Susan R. Bailey, MD, AMA Board of Trustees member and TMA past president
Speaker: Ardis Hoven, MD, AMA president 


10:15 am

The Transformation of Health Care  
Moderator: Carlos Cardenas, MD, TMA Board of Trustees chair 
Watch live stream of panel discussion

10:15 am 
Trends and Challenges in the Public Health Sector
Kyle Janek, MD, Texas Health and Human Services Commission executive commissioner 

10:30 am 
Payer Innovations for the Changing Health Care Marketplace 
Bert Marshall, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas president 

10:45 am 
Getting There: Transforming Physician Practices 
John Wallace, senior vice president Strategic Services, McKesson Business Performance Services 

11 am 
Physician Leadership: The Key to Successful Transformation 
Palmer “Pal” Evans, MD, former senior vice president and chief medical officer, Tucson Medical Center 

11:15 am 
Panel Discussion/Q&A


Reporters, please call or ask for Brent Annear or Pam Udall upon arrival. We can help you locate the meeting and arrange any interviews you may need.

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 47,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 112 component county medical societies around the state. TMA's key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.

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Contact: Pam Udall
phone: (512) 370-1382
cell: (512) 413-6807

Brent Annear
phone: (512) 370-1381
cell: (512) 656-7320


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