A lineup that swung for the fences — combined with a solid defense and some outstanding pitching — led Texas medicine to an outstanding season at the top of the standings in the 2015 Texas Legislature. TMA's team hit home runs on graduate medical education funding, Medicaid fraud reform, e-cigarette regulation, tax cuts, and red tape elimination. The pitching staff threw a perfect game, keeping all inappropriate and dangerous expansions of nonphysician practitioners’ scope of practice off of the base paths.
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Testimony by Patricia Kolodzey: Associate Director, TMA Legislative Affairs DepartmentHouse Committee on Insurance, March 30, 2016 On Interim Charge # 3: Evaluate the statutory penalty calculations under Texas's prompt payment laws regarding health care claims. Include an analysis of whether the proper benchmarks are used to establish penalties commensurate with an improper payment and the effect of the abolition of the Texas Health Insurance Pool on the use of funds collected under the statute.
Medicaid plays a huge role in providing health coverage for thousands of low-income children and adults, including a large number with special health care needs or mental health conditions. The time to increase Medicaid physician payments to competitive levels is now.
The University of North Texas Health Science Center and the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine are partnering with Midland College and Midland Memorial Hospital to keep their own crop of future doctors in the area.
We appreciate the governor’s designation of the Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response, and we offer our support and expertise to this diverse group. While clearly there is substantial institutional and organizational strength in the task force, we encourage you to recognize the need to include physicians who directly practice in clinical settings.
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