TMA: Fair Telemedicine Payments will Ensure Patients’ Care Continues

September 25, 2020

Statement by Texas Medical Association (TMA) President Diana L. Fite, MD, regarding Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement today that Texas’ state-regulated health plans will continue to pay physicians and health care providers the same rate for patients’ telemedicine care as for in-person care, through the end 2020. 


“Today’s announcement that health insurers will continue to pay equally for the quality care doctors provide via telemedicine and in-person visits is a win for Texas patients.

“Texas physicians want to provide their patients the best care regardless of whether the visit is in the same room or miles apart via technology. This news ensures patients can continue to receive quality care regardless of the means by which it is delivered.

“Three-quarters of physicians told TMA in April that they began offering patients telehealth care when the pandemic started. That meant millions of patients who might otherwise postpone necessary medical visits could see their doctor when they needed care. It is vitally important for Texans to have access to care to stay healthy and productive, particularly during this pandemic.”

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 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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September 25, 2020