The Texas Medical Association conducts surveys of Texas physicians to research regulatory, socioeconomic, and political issues to support federal and state legislative efforts. Here are the findings: 


TMA ICD-10 Research Findings

October 1 is the day all physicians must begin using ICD-10 to record all diagnoses and inpatient procedures. Mandated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the upgrade from the current coding system, requires doctors’ offices to collect and report more detailed patient data. The ICD-10 survey conducted by TMA in July of 2015 asks Texas physicians about their practice’s readiness to adopt the new system.

TMA 2015 Physician Survey Report on Meaningful Use

TMA hears from numerous physicians who are dropping out of the meaningful use program as it becomes less and less meaningful to patient care.  TMA surveyed Texas physicians about their experience and received much-needed data to support TMA advocacy for CMS to overhaul or eliminate the meaningful -use program, especially as stage 3 rules are proposed.


TMA 2014 Physician Survey Report on Electronic Health Records

The Electronic Health Records Survey is a section of the 2014 Physician Biennial Survey. In February of 2014, physicians were surveyed regarding their opinion and experiences with EHRs. Approximately 30,250 Texas physician and residents with email addresses in the TMA database were emailed a personalized link to the survey in February. Responses were received 1,552 members and nonmembers. 

 TMA 2014 Practice Settings Research Finding

In January of 2014, physicians were surveyed regarding practice settings. The following are selected results from the 2014 Physician Biennial Survey. 

TMA Physician Charts

The TMA 2014 Physician Survey Charts are the graphs from the 2014 Physician Survey

 TMA's 2014 Physician Survey Report  

The TMA Survey of Texas Physicians is a biennial survey of Texas physicians which tracks the impact of practice, economic changes, physician priorities, and develops data to support TMA advocacy efforts. The 2014 survey contained questions regarding practice settings, electronic health records, access to care, and legislative issues.


TMA Medical Liability Survey Report — 2013

The passage of medical liability reforms in 2003 is one of the single most significant events in Texas health care for an entire generation of physicians. As we approach the 10th anniversary of those reforms, the Texas Medical Association continues to document their impact. The current survey is a benchmark of physicians’ views on the changing liability climate, regardless of whether they were practicing medicine in Texas in 2003.


TMA's 2012 Physician Survey Report

The 2012 Survey of Texas Physicians was conducted by TMA as a monthly email survey and tracks the impact of practice, economic changes, physician priorities, and develops data to support TMA advocacy efforts.   In total, the survey contained 224 questions, many with multiple response items. Not all questions are answered by all respondents due to skip patterns and the monthly design.

TMA Student Survey Report

In an effort to enhance efforts and strengthen advocacy measures, the Texas Medical Association surveyed medical students across the state to assess how they perceive TMA activities, programs, and services. A personalized link was e-mailed to 5,105 students; 254 students answered the survey for a response rate of 5 percent. The following are highlights from the analysis. (January 2012)


Medicare SGR Survey Report

In August, TMA surveyed physicians to better understand how a 10- or 29.5-percent cut would impact Texas physicians and their patients. The analysis includes answers from more than 1,900 physicians. The new survey details what actions physicians have taken to date in response to the defective Medicare payment formula and what actions they plan to take January 2012 if their payments are cut. 

2010 TMA Physician Survey

Every two years, the Texas Medical Association conducts a survey of Texas physicians to identify emerging issues, track the impact of practice and economic changes, assess physician priorities, and develop data to support TMA advocacy efforts.  For 2010, the survey was broken down into small pieces e-mailed each month. This year students, residents, and interns were surveyed as well as Texas physicians.


2009 TMA Physician Survey

Texas Doctors: "Senate Health Plan Bad Medicine for Our Patients": Texas physicians and medical students say America's health system is in need of reform, but they don't prescribe radical change, and they believe the U.S. Congress' current treatment plan will do more harm than good. Get the results here.