MACRA, Zika, and Telemedicine Top TMA’s Conference Agenda

Physicians Convene to Address Public Health Threat, Medicare and Telemedicine Issues

 Sept. 20, 2016   

  • WHAT: Zika, telemedicine, and MACRA top the Texas Medical Association (TMA) Fall Conference. (MACRA is the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, the Medicare funding law that replaced the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.) Top physician experts will detail the latest news about the public health threat invading the Lone Star State, and the complex program intended to measure the quality of care physicians provide to Medicare patients. Doctors also will hear advice about using telemedicine to help care for patients in Texas.

    Hundreds of physician leaders and other experts will explore these topics and more at TMA Fall Conference.

  • WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 24 (See schedule below.)

  • WHERE: Hyatt Lost Pines, Lost Pines Ballroom 4, 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd., Lost Pines (between Austin and Bastrop) 

7:30-8:30 am
Dawn Duster: Telemedicine: Understanding It, Dealing With It, and Driving It
Tara Kepler, JD, Principal, Kepler Health Law
9 am
Mind-Numbing MACRA - Strategies for Survival
Introduction and Moderator: John Carlo, MD, chair, TMA Council on Socioeconomics
  • David Gans, senior fellow for industry affairs, Medical Group Management Association
  • Clifford Moy, MD, behavioral health director, TMF Health Quality Institute
  • Rich L. Steinle, president and chief executive officer, Innovista Health Solutions
10:45 am
Zika: What to Tell your Patients
Moderator: Don R. Read, MD, TMA President
  • David Lakey, MD, chair, TMA Council on Science and Public Health; former commissioner, Texas Department of State Health Services; associated vice chancellor, population health, The University of Texas System
  • John Hellerstedt, MD, commissioner, Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Catherine S. Eppes, MD, assistant professor and director of obstetrical quality and safety, Ben Taub, Baylor College of Medicine
TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 49,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 110 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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Brent Annear (512) 370-1381; cell: (512) 656-7320; email: brent.annear[at]texmed[dot]org

Marcus Cooper (512) 370-1382; cell: (512) 650-5336 email: marcus.cooper[at]texmed[dot]org

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September 20, 2016

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