Interspecialty Society Committee Meeting Highlights



May 6, 2006  

The Interspecialty Society Committee (ISC) met at the Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel, during the Texas Medical Association annual meeting. Representatives from 18 specialties societies were present. 

TMA Reports  

  • Legislative - A legislative retreat is scheduled for fall 2006 to coordinate TMA and specialty society activities during the upcoming 80th Texas Legislature, which convenes in January 2007.
  • Socioeconomic - (1)  Support for Medicare reimbursement as outlined by American Medical Association President-Elect William G. Plested, MD, at TexMed is a priority issue. (2)  The chief Medicaid issue centers on the sagging Children's Health Insurance Program and TMA's role in getting registration requirements eased. 

ISC Resolutions
The TMA House of Delegates took the following action on resolutions the ISC approved at its February meeting:

  • Appropriate Title Nomenclature in Medical Settings . This resolution (1)  addressed the need for specific nomenclature as defined by the Texas Occupations Code and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in addressing regulatory issues; (2) cited the need for appropriate terminology for use in physician residency training programs and advanced practice nurse training programs; and (3) asked that this resolution be referred to AMA for inclusion of appropriate nomenclature in CMS rules for hospitals' and ambulatory care centers' conditions of participation. Recommendations 1 and 2 were adopted; recommendation 3 was referred.
  • Expansion of the Role of Chiropractors . ISC recommended that the TMA Council on Legislation oppose the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners' attempt to expand its scope of practice and that TMA reflect this opposition during the official comment period. The recommendation was adopted.

New Business
The Texas Medical Board has proposed changes to Chapter 170 of its rules, regarding pain management, and will accept comments through May 28, 2006. A delegate from the Texas Pain Society will research options for response.

Next Meeting Date
Saturday, Sept. 30, 7:15-9:30 am, Hyatt  Regency Austin Hotel, during 2006 TMA Fall Conference