Cost Containment: Members of the Texas Medical Association are encouraged to voluntarily evaluate their practice patterns to further reduce and improve utilization of expensive hospital and ambulatory services and to control costs. Insurance companies and fiscal intermediaries are encouraged to support cost containment and cost effective care by recommending use of the least expensive setting in which a procedure can be performed safely and effectively. Third party payers should provide payment not only for professional services, but for other costs incurred in physicians’ offices (such as surgical trays, sterile draping, and necessary supplies). Duplicate laboratory procedures and tests should be eliminated (Council on Socioeconomics, p 177, I-94; amended CSE Rep. 1-A-10).
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October 07, 2016