Opioids, Telemedicine, Legislative Update to Highlight TMA Fall Conference

September 10, 2019

Physicians Meet to Address Health Care Priorities

  • WHAT: Navigating the opioid crisis, using telemedicine to expand a medical practice and help more patients, and top issues from the 2019 Texas Legislature highlight the 2019 Texas Medical Association (TMA) Fall Conference.  

  • Amid the opioid crisis, physicians must navigate the minefield of responsibly prescribing these potentially dangerous drugs to protect yet comfort their patients. Top physicians will debate several hurdles doctors face – legislative and regulatory issues, procedural best practices, and managing patients’ prescribing requests. They will discuss tools to support screening, intervention, and referring patients for treatment for substance use disorder, as well as integrating the Texas Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) with doctors’ electronic health records.

  • State senators and representatives detail top accomplishments and shortfalls from the 2019 session of the Texas Legislature. These physician-lawmakers also will forecast key issues in medicine to watch during the legislative interim and next session.

  • State law details how telemedicine can be practiced in Texas, and patients seem to enjoy the easy access to care. How do physicians who practice traditional, face-to-face doctoring branch out to use this tool to care for their patients?  

  • WHEN: THIS Saturday, Sept. 14, 7:30-11:45 am (See schedule below.)
  • WHERE: Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort, Lost Pines Ballroom, 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road, Cedar Creek (between Austin and Bastrop)


 7:30 am

 Dawn Duster – Telemedicine – Expanding Your Practice

  • Ogechika Alozie, MD, TMA Committee on Health Information Technology; chief executive officer, Southwest Viral Med

  • Jacob Childers, MD, family physician, Austin Regional Clinic

  • D. Allen Schultz, MD, family physician; chair, TMA Telemedicine Task Force; TMA Council on Practice Management Services

8:45 am


General Session

Opening Remarks and Welcome  
David C. Fleeger, MD, TMA president 

9 am

Advocacy Update

  • Moderator: Debra Patt, MD, chair, TMA Council on Legislation

  • Sen. Dawn C. Buckingham, MD (R- Lakeway)

  • Rep. Greg Bonnen, MD (R- Friendswood)

  • Rep. Tom Oliverson, MD (R- Cypress)

  • Sen. Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown)

  • Rep. John Zerwas, MD (R- Richmond)

9:50 am

CPRIT Legislative Update
Representative Zerwas

10 am

 Responding to the Opioid Epidemic

  • Troy T. Fiesinger, MD, family physician; TMA Council on Legislation

  • Lindsay K. Botsford, MD, family physician; TMA Board of Trustees

  • Adam J. Bruggeman, MD, president, Texas Orthopaedic Association

10:55 am  

State-Level Leadership on Drivers of Health

  • Rebecca Onie, JD, co-founder, The Health Initiative

  • Rocco Perla, co-founder, The Health Initiative

Reporters, please call or ask for Brent Annear or Marcus Cooper upon arrival. We can help you find the meeting and arrange any interviews you 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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Last Updated On

September 10, 2019

Originally Published On

September 10, 2019