Race, Violence, Medicine, and Physician ACOs Top TMA Winter Conference Discussions

  •  WHAT: When gunshots shattered a peaceful Dallas demonstration about race and police enforcement, suddenly physicians, nurses, and other health care workers at the city’s largest hospital trauma center were thrust into the middle of America’s struggle with a cultural divide, racial tension, and police anxiety. Police officers and civilians were rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital with gunshot wounds that night last summer.

    The lead surgeon on call, Brian Williams, MD, will be one of the featured speakers at the 2017 Texas Medical Association (TMA) Winter Conference. Dr. Williams will discuss Bridging Cultural Gaps in America: The Intersection of Race, Violence, and Medicine. (TMA will live-stream this talk for those who cannot attend in person here). 

    And accountable care organizations (ACOs) are all the buzz in medicine. Physician-led ACOs empower independent physicians in small, medium, or large-size practices to team up with other physician practices to provide better patient care, meet the government demands of quality measurement, and survive and thrive in the changing health care environment. An expert panel — moderated by Douglas Curran, MD, chair of both the TMA Board of Trustees and the TMA PracticeEdge board — will discuss Physician-led ACOs: How to Preserve Independence AND Compete Effectively With Big Health Care. (TMA will live-stream this talk for those who cannot attend in person here). 

    And just weeks into the 85th Session of the Texas Legislature, a top TMA physician expert and staff expert will discuss priority issues and key challenges facing medicine and patient care this session.  

    This and more will be discussed by hundreds of state and national physician leaders at the 2017 TMA Winter Conference.  

  •  WHEN: THIS Saturday, Jan. 28, 8:30 am – 11:45 am (See schedule below.)
  • WHERE: Hyatt Regency Austin, Level 2, Texas Ballroom, 208 Barton Springs Rd., Austin 

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS AND SPEAKERS

8:30 am

 

TMA Foundation Awards and Donor Recognition

Deborah A. Fuller, MD, TMA Foundation president

8:45 am

 

Opening Remarks and Welcome

Don R. Read, MD, TMA president

8:50 am

American Medical Association (AMA) Update With Q&A

Andrew W. Gurman, MD, AMA president-elect

9:20 am

Physician-led ACOs: How to Preserve Independence AND Compete Effectively With Big Healthcare  

Moderator: Douglas Curran, MD, chair, TMA Board of Trustees; chair, TMA PracticeEdge

Kevin Spencer, MD
Garth Vaz, MD
Tom Garcia, MD
Luis Benavides, MD
Luis Urrea II, MD
Lloyd Van Winkle, MD
(TMA will also Live Stream this panel here)

10:25 am

State Legislative Update From the TMA Council on Legislation

Ray Callas, MD, chair, TMA Council on Legislation

Darren Whitehurst, TMA vice-president, advocacy

11:10 am

Bridging Cultural Gaps In America: The Intersection of Race, Violence, and Medicine
Brian Williams, MD, associate professor of surgery, UT Southwestern Division of Burn, Trauma, and Critical Care
(TMA will also Live Stream this panel here)


 Reporters, please call or ask for Brent Annear or Marcus Cooper upon arrival. We can help you get situated and arrange any interviews you might need.

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 50,000 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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Contacts:
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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Last Updated On

January 30, 2017

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