Veteran and rookie lawmakers, hundreds of lobbyists, and thousands of private citizens arrived in Austin Jan. 10 for the start of the 2017 Texas legislative session. Medicine is well represented. Click below to see our legislative priorities this session.
The 60-day bill-filing deadline for the Texas Legislature has come and gone, allowing one thick puff of smoke to finally clear from the 2017 legislative fire. Now, medicine can focus on the hottest logs in the fire pit. For TMA, that means more than 1,400 pieces of legislation to track, with measures that address such smoldering topics as the network inadequacies that fuel surprise-billing issues; public health issues like vaccination exemptions and tobacco use; the proper definition and regulation of telemedicine; and troubling scope-related legislation that would allow other practitioners to infringe on the practice of medicine.
The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of a Lubbock physician entangled in a question of whether Texas or New Mexico law should apply in a liability case involving care that was provided in Texas but for a New Mexico patient.
Doctors understand it’s frustrating to have health insurance coverage but still receive unexpected medical bills. Watch this video to learn about Stanley and the surprise medical bills he received… and learn why he received them.
In response to outreach from U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady (R-The Woodlands), and other House Republican leaders, TMA provided a list of nine health care policy suggestions for the next Congress to consider.
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TMA joined the American Medical Association and 104 other medical societies in asking the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to defer implementation of the 2015 Edition of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT).
TMA triumphed when a Travis County district court sided with medicine in a lawsuit against the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners over its granting chiropractors the authority to perform certain diagnostic tests.
The 2016 elections brought physicians an excellent opportunity to rebuild America's health care systems, TMA officials say.
"Everything is on the table — the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicare, and Medicaid," said David Henkes, MD, chair of the Texas Delegation to the American Medical Association. "Today, we are crafting plans to remake the system so it truly serves our physician members and our patients."
The new Medicare Watch List report from The Physicians Foundation examines the implications of the new Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and future payment models established after the elimination of the Sustainable Gmediath Rate formula.
As state lawmakers begin preparing for the 2017 legislative session, TMA and four state specialty societies delivered a detailed, five-page document with significant recommendations to improve the Texas Medicaid program.
Just days after the TMA House of Delegates adopted TMA's plan to preserve physicians' rights to bill for services and protect patients from surprise bills, TMA Council on Legislation Chair Ray Callas, MD, presented it to the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce.
Your patients and your profession need you to be a lobbyist for a day. Mark your calendar now to join the Party of Medicine in Austin for First Tuesdays at the Capitol during the 85th Texas Legislature on April 4, and/or May 2, 2017. The April 4 event is dedicated to medical students and residents.
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