By Joey Berlin
Physicians who have financial relationships with medical services facilities, such as labs and imaging services, are able to refer more Medicare or Medicaid patients to those facilities under a final rule published this week.
Join your Texas Medical Association colleagues for a virtual discussion on contract negotiation, scheduled for 6 to 7 pm (CT) Thursday, Dec. 10.
As cases spike again throughout the state, the Texas Medical Association and four other members of the Texas Health Care Industry Strike Force on COVID-19 are reinforcing the call to wear masks through a new public service announcement campaign entitled “Texas Strong.”
By David Doolittle
By Joey Berlin
Primary care is in simmering trouble. Payments are down; the ranks of Texas’ uninsured and underinsured continue to rise; social disparities and chronic disease persist. And that was before the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated existing problems while threatening practice viability. The Texas Medical Association and other corners of organized medicine are engaging policymakers to not only help the state’s primary care system survive the pandemic, but also enable it to thrive for the long haul. Plus ... What if Texas lawmakers created a mental health service that physicians asked for but then not many physicians used it? So far, that is what’s happening with the Child Psychiatric Access Network (CPAN), which gives pediatricians and family physicians across Texas free telemedicine-based consultation and training on community psychiatry.
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