The Texas Legislature finished its last business Thursday before a long early vacation, after the House of Representatives adopted rules for the 2021 session, including a mask requirement on the House floor and the option to electronically submit comments.
A decrease in the Republican majority in the Senate this session prompted an inevitable discussion Wednesday about the procedure for bringing bills to the floor for debate.
Attend this year’s first-ever virtual Winter Conference, scheduled for Jan. 29 and 30, which will include four “Ask the Expert” live chats on E&M coding changes with Carra Benson, manager of TMA Practice Management and Reimbursement Services.
By Joey Berlin
By David Doolittle
The way the Texas Legislature conducts business during the 2021 session may look different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the Texas Medical Association’s commitment to improving health care remains the same. Some of those goals are up against deep cuts to state agency budgets. At the same time, however, the pandemic has created opportunities for medicine to bend lawmakers’ ear on some of its longstanding goals, including advancing access to care, vaccines, health coverage, and telemedicine. Plus, physicians have proven ways to respond to patients’ COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy.
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