120.003 Health System Reform Managed Care

120.003

Health System Reform Managed Care: To provide a basic framework for association policies and activities in health system reform, the Texas Medical Association: (1) supports the concept of universal access to appropriate health care; (2) supports freedom of patients to select their own physicians; (3) supports meaningful professional liability reform for physicians as a key element of health system reform; (4) supports genuine relief from red-tape hassles and excessive administrative costs of health care; (5) supports freedom from unreasonable restrictions, including antitrust prohibitions, that prevent physicians from conducting peer review of quality and fees; (6) continues to support a health care system that includes a multiplicity of funding sources and payment mechanisms; (7) supports the right of a physician organization to negotiate at the federal or state level for payment of physician services, quality and utilization review, professional liability reform, and to reduce the hassle and cost of regulation; (8) continues to support sufficient autonomy for physicians to be advocates for patients and to make decisions in the best interests of their patients; (9) supports efforts to control costs in an efficient and effective manner that considers the needs of patients and allows the exercise of good medical judgment; (10) supports the funding of research and medical education in any health system reform proposal and believes that all corporate payers of health care share in the costs of graduate medical education; (11) supports quality assurance through practice parameters and outcomes research; (12) supports patient responsibility for first dollar coverage to allow patients to make individual decisions regarding their own health care spending with consideration given to patients’ ability to pay.

In addition, TMA offers the following principles for managed care for adoption as AMA policy: (1) physician participation in any managed care organization he or she chooses, (2) patient freedom to select his or her own physician, (3) physician autonomy and freedom to be patient advocates (Second Supplemental BOT, p 36P-36S, A-93; amended CSE Rep. 6-A-03; reaffirmed CSE Rep. 1-A-13).

Last Updated On

October 07, 2016