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    Texas Boosts GME Slots for Physician Workforce

    Grant funding set aside by the 2015 Texas Legislature is playing a key role in adding hundreds of new physician residency training slots for Texas’ medical school graduates in 2016. With urging and help from the Texas Medical Association (TMA), hospitals, medical schools, and other entities are using $53 million in the graduate medical education (GME) expansion grant to set up pathways for physicians-in-training to receive this important education and ultimately enter the workforce. Read More

Top Stories Affecting Physicians and Patients

  • Public Health
    HPV Vaccination Trims Infection Rate; Could Prevent CancerA new study shows a vaccination is helping children and young women avoid a common cancer-causing virus. The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, when given to preteens and young adults, can help prevent them from getting cancer years later.
  • Legislative News
    TMA's 2015 Legislative Victories Build on Past SuccessesIn a 2015 legislative session marked by new state leadership, new money, and big shifts in how Texas' major health care agencies oversee care delivery, the House of Medicine remained as steady as ever in its mission to ensure physicians can give their patients the best care possible. That resolve paid off in significant victories that largely build on TMA's 2013 legislative successes.
  • Health Insurance
    Mega-Merger Would Limit Patient Choice, Raise CostAetna seeks to acquire Humana Inc. in a deal focused largely on buying up Humana’s Medicare Advantage business. If the $37 billion Aetna-Humana merger is approved, the newly combined entity would have a significant impact across Texas — and 13 other states — likely enhancing Aetna’s market power to concerning levels per the federal government’s own standards, according to a comprehensive American Medical Association (AMA) analysis.
  • Practice Help
    San Antonio Doctors Sign With TMA Practice EdgeTMA PracticeEdge today announces the signing of an agreement to provide ACO Services to UPSA ACO, LLC (UPSA), a group of San Antonio physicians, in conjunction with a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) value-based agreement beginning Jan. 1, 2016. The two agreements will provide UPSA with shared savings opportunities while managing the population health of 5,400 BCBSTX members. 
  • Meaningful Use
    Texas Doctors Ask Congress to Stop “Meaningless Abuse” The nation’s largest state medical society today called on the U.S. Congress to lift “convoluted and tedious” federal regulations that physicians say interfere with patient care. The president of the TMA asked for congressional intervention on the latest round of rules requiring physicians to use electronic health records, a program known as “meaningful use.”
  • Licensure
    Victory! CSR Permit Program to Be Eliminated Next YearThanks to TMA advocacy this legislative session, the controlled substances registration permit program will be eliminated, effective Sept. 1, 2016. Senate Bill 195 by Sen. Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown), and Rep. Myra Crownover (R-Denton) also moves the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program from the Texas Department of Public Safety to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy and broadens physicians’ authority to delegate who can access the information.
  • Health Care System
    Physicians Help Create a Healthy Texas EconomyPhysician practices add value to Texas' economy by producing tens of billions of dollars in revenue each year and providing hundreds of thousands of jobs. "The National Economic Impact of Physicians," a new study conducted for the American Medical Association (AMA) and state medical societies, found Texas' 48,314 practicing physicians boost the state's economy by supporting 522,619 jobs and generating $78.6 billion in economic activity.
  • Patient-Physician Relationship
    Study: Physicians Just Want Time With You, the PatientYou and your physician have something in common: As a patient, the things that make you happy about your health care are the same things that please your doctor; likewise, the same situations frustrate you both. It all boils down to time together focused on your care ― versus obstacles to that shared time.
  • Medical Liability Reforms
    Ten Years After: Reform Means More Docs, More Care Drs. Justin and Katherine Hensley couldn’t get to Texas quickly enough. The young emergency physician and his pediatrician wife were completing their medical residencies in North Carolina. Without medical liability reform similar to what Texas passed in 2003, Dr. Justin Hensley routinely had to test his patients – for the wrong reason. Read more.
  • Medicaid/Medicare
    Drop in Physician Acceptance of Medicaid, Medicare Patients Texas Medical Association (TMA) physician leaders have long predicted government regulatory burdens, red tape, payment hassles, and low pay would erode the physician foundation of both Medicaid and Medicare. That day is here, read more ...

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Healthy Vision 2020

The fields of engagement — the Texas Legislature, U.S. Congress, courts, state and federal bureaucracies — are many. The issues are all-encompassing. But TMA’s approach is clear in this second edition. Read More