Leaders Poised to Bring Accountable Care Options to Texas Physicians
Texas, March 19, 2015 —
The Board of Managers of TMA PracticeEdge, LLC, announce the selection of Louis
J. Goodman, PhD, as the CEO of the new company, as well as the election of
three of its members to serve as board officers.
PracticeEdge is a new services company developed by the Texas Medical
Association (TMA) to bring physicians the technology, expertise, and investment
they need to take advantage of new health care payment models. TMA PracticeEdge
will provide Texas physicians real options to design their own future. Working
with strategic partners, TMA PracticeEdge offers physicians a unique tool kit
of accountable care organization (ACO) services backed by the trusted TMA
Dr. Goodman –
an economist with a decades-long perspective on the American health care delivery
system – has served as the CEO and executive vice president of TMA since 1997.
He is also president of The Physicians Foundation and treasurer of the
Physicians Advocacy Institute. Dr. Goodman has a master’s and a doctoral degree
in public policy and medical economics from New York University. He has
published more than 70 articles on health care.
“I have spent
my entire professional life helping physicians, especially Texas physicians,
prepare for and take advantage of the ‘next big change’ in our constantly
evolving health care delivery systems,” Dr. Goodman said. “We created TMA
PracticeEdge to bring together the expertise, technology, and capital necessary
to bring accountable care options to Texas physicians.”
The Board of
Managers also elected Don R. Read, MD, of Dallas as chair; Shara McClure of
Dallas as vice chair; and Douglas Curran, MD, of Athens as secretary/treasurer.
Dr. Read is a
colon and rectal surgeon with Texas Colon & Rectal Specialists in Dallas.
He also serves as chair of the TMA Board of Trustees.
is vice president for network management of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of
Dr. Curran, a
family physician, is a staff physician with East Texas Medical Center and
Lakeland Medical Associates, a group practice in Athens.
PracticeEdge will help physicians lead health care innovation in today’s
evolving marketplace. The company will offer participating physicians several
services, including the following.
Accountable care services
TMA PracticeEdge offers the technology platforms, care coordination teams,
physician-led network development and management, and contracting expertise
necessary to participate in accountable care activities, and to meet market
demands to document quality, cost-effective health care.
Practice transformation services
Physicians can strengthen their practices operationally and financially by
optimizing them using TMA PracticeEdge services, including education and
consulting from certified professional coders, medical auditors, and compliance
and office managers who are interested in learning more about TMA PracticeEdge
should visit TMAPracticeEdge.com, email info@TMAPracticeEdge.com, or call (888) 900-0334.
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