290.010 Improving Access to Care in Rural and Medically Underserved Areas


Improving Access to Care in Rural and Medically Underserved Areas: The Texas Medical Association promotes awareness of Project ECHO and the Child Psychiatry Access Network and encourages broad implementation and participation in the state by:

  1. Promoting broader participation among Texas’ health-related institutions as hubs to provide training in the specialty services most needed in rural and medically underserved areas of the state; 
  2. Promoting awareness and voluntary participation by physicians as a method for expanding their knowledge and skills in specialty care otherwise not readily available to their patient populations; 
  3. Ensuring stakeholders strive to identify and mitigate barriers to full implementation of physician education and mentoring models in Texas; 
  4. Promoting awareness among state governmental agencies, such as the Texas Health and Human Services Commission as the state Medicaid authority, and the Texas Department of Agriculture’s State Office of Rural Health;
  5. Promoting these programs in underserved areas in partnership with state specialty societies, such as the Texas Academy of Family Physicians, Texas Pediatric Society, Texas Chapter of the American College of Physicians, Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and Federation of Texas Psychiatry, and state professional organizations such as the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals;
  6. Promoting awareness among physicians of the continuing medical education opportunities provided through Project ECHO;
  7. Promoting awareness of national, federal, and state grant opportunities as they are identified;
  8. Should state legislation pass that directs the establishment of the Child Psychiatry Access Network in Texas, monitoring the progress of implementing the network in the state and promoting awareness among physicians;
  9. Monitoring whether payers offer additional payment or incentive payments for community-based physicians who engage in clinical practice improvement activities as a result of their participation in Project ECHO programs; and if confirmed, promoting awareness among physicians; 
  10. Evaluating the use of the Project ECHO model to provide not only clinical training to interested physicians but also training to support practice transformation for physicians seeking to adapt to new health care delivery and payment models; and
  11. Enabling the implementation of these programs in rural Texas through advocacy of the availability of broadband connectivity in rural areas (CM-PDHCA Rep. 1-A-19).

Last Updated On

June 20, 2019