August 16, 2019
What could a TMA Membership mean for you, your practice, and your patients
Just as Alan Tyroch, MD, sat down to breakfast in Las Vegas on the morning of Aug. 3, celebrating his mother in-law’s 90th birthday, a gunman walked into a Walmart hundreds of miles away in his hometown of El Paso and opened fire, ultimately killing 22 people and injuring 24 more. Over the following minutes, as shooting victims were rushed to hospitals throughout El Paso, Dr. Tyroch – chief of surgery and trauma medical director at University Medical Center of El Paso – was coordinating and delegating duties via text to the hospital’s numerous surgeons, physicians, residents, and other health care professionals. Read More
Tropical Depression Imelda deluged parts of Southeast Texas late last week, serving as an all-too-real reminder of the devastation that natural disasters can cause. Whether you or your practice have been directly affected by the storm, or if you are caring for patients who have been, look to the Texas Medical Association’s Disaster Preparedness and Response Resource Center for up-to-date information and tools. Read More
Physicians, hospitals, and other health care providers throughout Texas would lose substantial protections against frivolous medical lawsuits if a bill working its way through the nation's capital becomes law, two Texas medical groups say. Read More
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On Nov. 5, Texans will vote on Proposition 6, a constitutional amendment designed to extend funding for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) and keep the agency’s grants flowing for an estimated 10 additional years. The Texas Medical Association supports this effort to keep CPRIT's current funding from running out in 2022. "One of our priorities … is for physicians and all Texas voters to understand the important role of CPRIT in cancer prevention efforts in our communities and how important that funding is in the fight against cancer," said Marian Y. Williams-Brown, MD. Plus ... read about how proposed changes to the Quality Payment Program in 2020 could mean more penalties for small practices.
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