Today is the 130th day of the session. But who’s counting? The House and Senate both have less than one week to vote on bills, which must be complete by midnight May 22. Meanwhile, lawmakers are finalizing negotiations on the final 2020-21 state budget; the deadline for agreement between the two chambers is midnight May 26. Here’s a status check on numerous bills that continue to move through the legislative process.
By Jennifer Perkins
Many community-based social service agencies provide free or low-cost direction, referrals and resources for older adults. Research shows resources such as senior centers or Area Agencies on Aging can improve patient health outcomes.
If you’ve been “probed and educated” twice by Novitas Solutions Inc. for high rate of claims errors regarding certain evaluation and management (E&M) services, you may receive more such review and education this summer.
When the Texas Medical Association urged members to ask their state senators to vote “no” on a key bill regarding treatment disputes at the end of life, they didn’t hold back. Hundreds of Texas physicians took up the call, using TMA’s Grassroots Action enter to share very personal and passionate messages with their senators.
By Steve Levine
By Tammy Wishard
By David Doolittle
Incoming TMA President David Fleeger, MD, sets his sights on protecting the patient-physician relationship from corporate intrusion and equipping physicians for sea changes affecting medicine. Plus ... TMA's 2018 Survey of Texas Physicians is here with doctors speaking their minds on legislative priorities, payer relations, practice environment and much more. Read the Latest Issue