How has Texas’ New Surprise Billing Law Affected You?


The Texas Medical Association is interested in your feedback on a law for settling certain out-of-network billing disputes involving state-regulated health plans that went into effect at the start of this year.

The law, Senate Bill 1264, allows physicians to request arbitration to settle claims for certain out-of-network services – subject to the law's balance billing prohibition – if the physician is not satisfied with the initial health plan payment.

The law is the focus of the final installment of TMA’s 2020 biennial Survey of Texas Physicians.

Since 1990, TMA has asked Texas physicians for their thoughts on health care practice, the economic realities of practicing medicine in the state, and what issues they believe lawmakers should take on. 

The aim of the survey is to identify emerging issues, track the impact of practice and economic changes, assess physician priorities, and develop data to support TMA’s advocacy efforts. 

Check your email and please answer this month’s survey to let us know how TMA can best advocate for you. 

Did you know?

  • The survey is electronic and can be taken via computer or mobile device.
  • Both member and nonmember Texas physicians and residents are invited to take the survey.
  • In 2018, more than 4,500 physicians responded.
  • To protect the confidentiality of our physicians, raw data are not published.

Answer all surveys between July and the end of the year and you’ll be entered for a chance to win one of five $350 Amazon gift cards.

And if you’re curious, you can check out previous reports online.

If you have questions, contact Deanna Cureton, TMA health care data analyst, via email.

Last Updated On

December 10, 2020

Originally Published On

December 10, 2020

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