Physician Advocacy

  • COVID-19 Resources, All in One Place

    As more reports come in on the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, TMA has convened a task force of public health experts to help Texas physicians prepare for the next phase. We’ve started by compiling all the news and information you need right now on our online resource center. Bookmark that page as we will update it continually.

    COVID-19 Resource Center

     
  • Governor Extends Non-Emergent Surgery Suspension in Texas

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    Gov. Greg Abbott today reauthorized non-emergent elective surgeries at hospitals and allowed nursing homes to reopen for visitations under certain conditions across the majority of Texas.

    Non-Elective Surgery
    Restrictions Loosened
     
  • Medicaid Kills Proposed Rule That Would Have Restricted Supplemental Funding, Services

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    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Monday withdrew a proposed rule that would’ve restricted how states fund their share of Medicaid, causing serious cuts in services.

    TMA Applauds the Administration's Decision  
  • TMA Delegates OK Policy on Certain Health Care Disparities, LGBTQ Health Section

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    At an unprecedented live virtual meeting Saturday, the Texas Medical Association House of Delegates took action on a variety of initiatives important to the health of all Texans, including adopting policy to address health care disparities specifically related to cancer; laying the foundation for the creation of an LGBTQ Health Section; and setting principles for community-based accountable care organizations (ACOs).

    Get the Details Here  
  • Education Board OKs Curriculum Standards on HPV Vaccines

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    The State Board of Education has approved health education standards that would require public schools to teach the importance of human papillomavirus vaccines beginning in seventh grade.

    HPV Vaccine Standards
    Approved by Ed Board
     
  • The House of Medicine Needs You… To Register to Vote

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    COVID-19 has impacted patient care, physician practices, and the economy. The 2021 Texas legislative session – which starts in January – won’t be immune to this disruption.

    Help to Ensure the House of Medicine’s Priority Issues  
  • TMA Wants to Hear Your Thoughts on Prescribing Opioids in Texas

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    Since 1990, the Texas Medical Association 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.

    TMA Is Conducting a Survey Topics Relating to Your Practice  
  • TMA Weighs In On COVID-19 Surprise Billing, Insurance Premiums, and More

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    TMA submitted written testimony Tuesday to the House Committee on Insurance, providing details and recommendations on price gouging, surprise medical bills, health insurance premiums, and more caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Read TMA's Recommendations  
  • Medicine Calls for Health Care Access For All Texans

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    State leaders need to work with organizations like the Texas Medical Association to ensure that all Texans have access to health care coverage during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. That is the message TMA and 32 state health organizations wrote in a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott seeking his support to enact comprehensive health care coverage initiatives.

    Devise a Health Care Coverage Plan for Texans by Texans  
  • Schools Can Exclude Students with Vax Opt-Outs In an Epidemic, TMA Says

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    If school districts during an epidemic want to exclude students who have declined vaccinations for reasons of conscience, both the law and public health considerations are on their side, the Texas Medical Association has told Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

    Details About the Law and Public Health Considerations  
  • TMA Releases Tools to Navigate School Reopening

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    Led by its School Reopening Workgroup, the Texas Medical Association is offering schools and physicians tools to mitigate risk for COVID-19 spread as classes resume across the state.

    Read the Guide Detailing the COVID-19 Control Plan  
  • TMA to IRS: Direct Primary Care, Health Care-Sharing Ministries Aren’t Insurance

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    The Texas Medical Association is urging the IRS to reconsider a proposed rule that would classify direct primary care (DPC) arrangements and health care-sharing ministries (HSMs) as insurance.

    Read the IRS Proposed Rule  
  • TMA-Backed Principles Call for Flexibility in End-of-Life Visits for COVID-19 Patients

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    TMA, joined by six other state health care organizations, has produced a list of principles to help hospitals and other health care facilities provide more flexible visitation policies for patients facing serious illness or end-of-life situations during the COVID-19 crisis.

    End-of-Life Visitation
    During COVID-19
     
  • TMA Seeks Better Liability Shields for All Physicians During COVID-19

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    Under Texas law, physicians treating COVID-19 patients in a volunteer capacity have potential defenses against lawsuits that might arise from that care.

    Pandemic Poses Legal Pitfalls  
  • Texas Medicaid, CHIP Changes Extended Into October

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    As requested by the Texas Medical Association, the Health and Human Services Commission has extended some Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) flexibilities through Oct. 23.

    Find Out What This Means for Texas Physicians  
  • Rapid Rise in COVID-19 Along Border Concerns Area Physicians

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    Physicians from counties near and along the Texas-Mexico border gathered virtually Tuesday to explore ways to protect patients from COVID-19, which continues to spread rapidly throughout the region.

    Preserving Funding for Medicaid and CHIP Is Absolutely Vital for the Region  
  • Racism: A Very Important Health Problem

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    Americans should not be surprised that it took the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, under the knee of a white police officer to take the COVID-19 pandemic off the lead of every newscast, off the top of every mind, and off the tip of every tongue. Our great country was born with a big problem with racism. Today – 155 years after the end of the Civil War, 65 years after Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus, 28 years after Rodney King implored us to “all get along” – our great country still has a big problem with racism.

    Speak Up Because Racism Is a Very Important Health Problem  
  • Survey: Texas Doctor Practices Struggling to Survive Pandemic

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    Like most independent medical practice physicians struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, Austin pediatrician Brian Temple, MD, had to make a critical choice: reduce salaries and work hours, or lose the staff and pediatric practice he and his partner had built over six years.

    Patient Visits Cut in Half or More; Practice Revenues Slashed  
  • Bill Would Expand Student Loan Forgiveness for Texas Physicians

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    The Texas Medical Association and California Medical Association applauded a bipartisan group of U.S. senators for introducing a bill that addresses physician shortages and improves access to care, particularly in children’s hospitals and nonprofit hospitals.

    Read the Associations Statement  
  • How Do I Comply With TMB’s Safe-Practice Standards?

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    Yesterday TMA published an excerpt from our newest Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document that covered a particularly vexing question from physicians: What if a patient refuses to wear a face covering and no exception applies? Today we present the entire FAQ, which is intended to provide more clarity on TMB’s minimum standards.

    Get Answers to
    Your Questions Here
     
  • “Overlooked” Pediatricians Fight for Survival During Pandemic

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    As state and federal governments distribute funds and waivers to help health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas pediatricians feel their needs have been unmet.

    TMA and Other Physician Groups Are Advocating for Pediatricians  
  • Medicine-Friendly Candidates Prevail in Tuesday’s Runoff Elections

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    Most of the Texas House and Senate candidates backed by TEXPAC won their races in Tuesday’s primary runoff elections and will move on to November’s general election.

    See the Results  
  • TMA Keeps Pressing Congress on Surprise Billing

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    As lawmakers continue their work on a federal solution to surprise medical bills, the Texas Medical Association is on guard to make sure patients will be protected – and physicians get a fair shot to get paid properly.

    Support the Protecting People From Surprise Medical Bills Act  
  • I Won’t Take the Nurse Practitioners’ Bait

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    The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is obviously intent on picking a fight with physicians. No thanks. We’ll take the high road, fully aware of the dangers of their plans, and stick with what we know is best for our patients: the physician-led health care team.

    TMA Details Concerns  
  • California Model Benefits Insurers, at Physicians’ and Patients’ Expense, Physicians Tell Congress

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    TMA physician leaders, along with their colleagues from California and the rest of the country, are on Capitol Hill this week, lobbying Congress to toss out a California-inspired provision from a rapidly moving health insurance bill.

    More About the "Median In-network Rate" Provision  
  • A Plan for the Uninsured in Texas

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    I call for our TMA to bring all of these groups together to directly address the issue of the uninsured in Texas, to plan a strategy, and to put it in motion.

    Creating the Change That Our Patients Need and Deserve  
  • Arbitration Law Will be “Messy,” Bring Operational Concerns, Panelists Say

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    The state’s new law allowing arbitration of payment disputes on certain out-of-network care carries concerns for physicians and uncertainty about what it will look like from an enforcement standpoint, a panel told the Texas Medical Association Winter Conference on Saturday morning.

    New Arbitration Law is "Messy"  
  • State Adopts Emergency Rule on Surprise Billing Law

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    The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) has adopted an emergency rule outlining the narrow circumstances when it will be legal for physicians to balance bill patients under the state’s new law that protects patients from surprise medical bills.

    Read the Details Here  
  • Medicine Pushes For Expanding Medicaid Coverage to New Moms

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    Federal lawmakers must pass a bill that would allow states to provide 12 months postpartum coverage to mothers who lose Medicaid coverage two months after giving birth, and would provide a bump in Medicaid matching dollars for those states, medicine and others said in a letter this week.

    Give New Mothers
    a Fighting Chance
     
  • Senate Committees Will Examine Uninsured Rate During Interim Year

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    Texas’ nation-leading uninsured rate will be under the state senate’s microscope in 2020 as part of the interim charges Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has assigned to senate committees.

    More Details Here  
  • Texas’ Rise in Uninsured Kids Among Fastest in Nation, Report Says

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    The bad news keeps coming for Texas’ uninsured rate. Between 2016 and 2018, Texas tied for the second-highest jump in the rate of uninsured children among all 50 states, according to a study released Wednesday by Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families in Washington, D.C.

    No Other State Is
    Even in Double Digits
     
  • TMA to Trump: Do Not Expand NPPs’ Scope of Practice

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    When President Donald Trump released an executive order earlier this month that would, in part, expand the scope of practice of nonphysician practitioners, the Texas Medical Association vowed to keep physicians at the head of the health care team. On Monday, TMA President David Fleeger, MD, took a major step to do that, urging President Trump and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to remove that language entirely.

    More on TMA's Concerns  
  • Action Alerts

    Respond to Action Alerts. Some bills will be particularly important to TMA, and we request your assistance in either supporting or opposing those bills. Through our Grassroots Action Center and mobile app, VoterVoice, you’ll be able to respond on the fly, sending a message directly to your legislator.

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