Maternal Illness and Deaths, Coverage Expansion Top Saturday’s TMA Conference

January 22, 2019


  • WHAT: How to protect women from severe illness and death surrounding childbirth; ensuring Texans are vaccinated against diseases; covering low-income Texans with insurance so they can access care; top medical issues in the legislature; ethical considerations of “do not resuscitate” (DNR) law; and the state’s changing demographics and how to care for Texas of the future. Doctors will address these pressing issues and more during the 2019 Texas Medical Association (TMA) Winter Conference, in Austin.

    State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, will discuss top issues in health care this legislative session.

    Also, what clinical changes are doctors and health care providers making to improve the health of new mothers, and what role do health disparities play? What models of care are state leaders considering to extend coverage to Texas’ working poor? Will Texas enact broader comprehensive coverage for low-income women before, during, and after pregnancy? Physician panelists will explore these questions and many others.
  • WHEN: THIS Saturday, Jan. 26, 8:30-11:45 am (See schedule below.)

  • WHERE: Hyatt Regency Austin, Level 2, Texas Ballroom, 208 Barton Springs Rd., Austin


7:30 am
Dawn Duster: Dawn Duster: DNR and Advance Directives
Moderator: Kimberly Monday, MD, neurologist, Houston Neurological Institute
Missy K. Atwood, JD, partner, Germer Beaman & Brown, PLLC, Austin
Jason Morrow, MD, medical director of inpatient palliative medicine, University Health System, San Antonio

8:30 am
TMA Foundation Awards and Donor Recognition
Leslie Secrest, MD, president, TMA Foundation

8:45 am
Opening Remarks and Welcome
Douglas W. Curran, MD, president, TMA

9:05 am
American Medical Association (AMA) Update
Barbara L. McAneny, MD, president, AMA

9:35 am
Change Is Coming: Texas Demographic
Steve Murdock, PhD, director, Hobby Center for the Study of Texas and Allyn and Gladys Cline professor, Department of Sociology, Rice University

10:05 am
TMA Legislative Health Care Agenda
State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, Chair, Senate Committee on Health and Human Services

10:35 am
Access Expansion
Moderator: Dr. Curran
Sue Bornstein, MD, TMA Board of Trustees
Stephanie Muth, Texas state Medicaid director
Ryan Van Ramshorst, MD, chair, TMA Select Committee on Medicaid, CHIP, and the Uninsured

11:20 am

Keeping Texas Strong: TMA Strategies for Maternal Health and Immunizations
Moderator: John Carlo, MD, chair, Texas Public Health Coalition, and member, TMA Council on Legislation
Emily Briggs, MD, chair, TMA Reproductive, Women's and Perinatal Health Committee
C. Mary Healy, MD, director, Vaccinology and Maternal Immunization, Center for Vaccine Awareness and Research, Texas Children's Hospital

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 nearly 53,000 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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Marcus Cooper (512) 370-1382; cell: (512) 650-5336; email: marcus.cooper[at]texmed[dot]org

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Last Updated On

February 07, 2019

Originally Published On

January 22, 2019