Taking science-based interventions like vaccinations off the table during an ongoing public emergency is like telling coastal residents they can’t board up their windows or fill sandbags as a hurricane approaches.
Soon, physicians who’ve had their fill of insurers’ burdensome prior authorizations will have the chance to earn their way out of them. The Texas Medical Association wants to make sure the new law giving doctors that “golden” opportunity will be implemented as intended – and is pushing back against health plans’ attempts to reduce its impact.
Drawing on her firsthand knowledge of health care along the Texas-Mexico border, TMA President E. Linda Villarreal, MD, submitted written testimony to the Texas House Public Health Committee and testified in person on Tuesday when the committee met to discuss border health care access.
Following its second letter to key state lawmakers about the best uses for federal COVID-19 relief funding, the House of Medicine has established a broad vision for how that money could help Texas patients and physicians.
In a truly unprecedented and unpredictable session, the persuasive, unified voice of TMA physician and medical student advocates led to some significant wins for medicine and patients.
From curbing prior authorization abuses to ensuring patient safety through team-led care, read more about our 2021 advocacy wins.
This session, TMA physician and medical student advocacy led to important medicine- and patient-friendly wins (grassroots infographic). Email to schedule a continuing medical education presentation for your physician group, county medical society, or section today and hear about our 2021 legislative achievements from TMA President E. Linda Villarreal, MD, or the TMA lobby team. Physicians can earn 1 ethics CME credit.
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