Aug 30, 2009

Sign the "Fix What's Wrong; Keep What's Good" Petition

This is TMA's primary message for health system reform. Sign and share the petition. As Congress prepares to return to Washington, it's time for patients and their physicians to turn up the heat. Not scare tactics, just a solid ask to fix what's wrong and keep what's good in today's health care system.

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A WRONG TURN on the road to national health care reform would be disastrous. After all, everyone is along for this ride. Your doctor is asking YOU to buckle up and tell Congress to SLOW DOWN and get it right. Clearly, the road map to health care reform needs to get us to a place where we fix what’s wrong and keep what’s good.

What’s WRONG with American health care:

  • Too many Americans are uninsured
  • Too much of our health care dollar is spent elsewhere, not on health care
  • Congress is not paying fairly for Medicare and Medicaid
  • Too much insurance profit, hassle and abuse
  • Lawsuit abuse drives up health care costs

What’s GOOD with American health care:

  • Doctors work for you, the patient
  • You, the patient, have a choice of doctors and hospitals
  • Highest quality in the world
  • Innovation and cures save and extend lives
  • It’s not a government run system where you wait and wait

Don’t let Congress drive this debate into the political ditch and wreck all that’s GOOD for your health. It’s time to “hit the horn” and let Congress know which road to travel. Your Doctor and the Texas Medical Association want YOU to call, write, e-mail and/or visit your U.S. Senators and Representative. If you don’t take the wheel, someone else will steer your health care decisions for you. It’s your call.

Aug 28, 2009

Use Your Own Billboards

Do you want to influence the message your patients receive on health system reform? You can. All you have to do is use your waiting room and exam room walls.

Use Your Own Billboards
8/27/2009 7:00 PM

Suehs Replaces Hawkins at HHSC

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Thomas Suehs executive commissioner of Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Suehs Replaces Hawkins at HHSC

8/27/2009 7:00 PM

Texas Child Vaccination Rank Soars

In a poll much more important than the BCS, Texas jumped 10 spots in immunization  of children, thanks in part to TMA's emphasis on immunization through its Be Wise — ImmunizeSM  campaign

Texas Child Vaccination Rank Soars
8/27/2009 7:00 PM

New WIC Rules Start Next Month

New requirements for physicians are part of changes in the state's Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC) that take effect Oct. 1.

New WIC Rules Start Next Month
8/26/2009 7:00 PM

Aug 27, 2009

Assess your Billing and Collections

Do you know if your staff effectively works your accounts receivable?

Assess your Billing and Collections
8/26/2009 7:00 PM

DSHS Extends School Vaccination Period

The Department of State Health Services has given parents until Oct. 1 to have their children immunized to comply with some of the vaccination requirements for attending Texas schools.

DSHS Extends School Vaccination Period
8/26/2009 7:00 PM

Advertise on the TMA Web Site

e-MDs, Inc. a physician-owned and physician-led company that develops electronic health record software, is recruiting physician applicants for a one year health information technology training program.

Advertise on the TMA Web Site
8/26/2009 7:00 PM

TMA Expands Health Reform House Calls

TMA and county medical society leaders have added new town hall meetings — "House Calls" — in Wichita Falls and Greenville in September so physicians can learn firsthand how more patients feel about the current health system reform proposals.

TMA Expands Health Reform House Calls
8/25/2009 7:00 PM

TMB Allows Expedited Partner Therapy

Physicians now may treat the sex partners of patients diagnosed with chlamydia or gonorrhea without first examining the partner, thanks to an amendment adopted by the Texas Medical Board.

TMB Allows Expedited Partner Therapy
8/25/2009 7:00 PM

DSHS Only Source of H1N1 Vaccine

Any physician wanting novel H1NI influenza vaccine must get it from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). The vaccine is free, but will not be available through the normal vaccine-purchasing and distribution process.

DSHS Only Source of H1N1 Vaccine
8/24/2009 7:00 PM

AMA Offers HSR Resources

The American Medical Association is trying to calm some of the confusing din over health system reform. The following letter from AMA President Jim Rohack, MD, explains what AMA is trying to do, why it took the position it did, and what it is doing to …

AMA Offers HSR Resources
8/13/2009 7:00 PM

Aug 14, 2009

TMA Launches Health System Reform Campaign

Believing that President Obama and Congress must slow down and get health system reform right, the Texas Medical Association has launched the "Me and My Doctor, We Know Best" patient-physician action campaign.

TMA Launches Health System Reform Campaign
8/13/2009 7:00 PM

Aug 13, 2009

Heard From Humana or HRI? We Want to Know

Has Humana approved or rejected your appeal of the company's decisions to remove you from its Medicare Advantage PPO and/or Preferred PPO/Preferred Point of Service networks? Have you received a letter from Health Research Insights (HRI) demanding …

Heard From Humana or HRI? We Want to Know
8/12/2009 7:00 PM

Get Ready! Swine Flu is Coming!

Physicians can get their practices ready for a resurgence of H1N1 (swine flu) influenza expected this fall by attending one of the regional conferences the Texas Department of State Health Services will hold across Texas in August and September.

Get Ready! Swine Flu is Coming!
8/12/2009 7:00 PM

Aug 11, 2009

Nominate an Outstanding Science Teacher

TMA encourages you to nominate exceptional science teachers for the 2009-10 Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching.

Nominate an Outstanding Science Teacher
8/10/2009 7:00 PM

Debate Health Reform at Fall Conference

As a more cohesive demand for health system change arises from public, business, labor, and physician groups, the debate on the best way to achieve it … and pay for it … intensifies. Take this opportunity to participate in this controversial discussion …

Debate Health Reform at Fall Conference
8/10/2009 7:00 PM

State Warns of Minutes Solicitation

Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade is warning incorporated businesses that a Los Angeles company calling itself the "Office of The Compliance Recorder" is mailing an official-looking document that claims directors and shareholders could face personal …

State Warns of Minutes Solicitation
8/9/2009 7:00 PM

Take Your Health Care Concerns to the Top

 

Take Your Health Care Concerns to the Top

When Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn and your U.S. representative come home for Congress' August recess, please visit with them and share your hopes, concerns, and fears about what we've seen at the Capitol so far this year. Because the Democrats control both houses of Congress, it is especially important that physicians with Democratic representatives take the time to visit with them

7/30/2009 7:00 PM

TMA Holds Health Reform House Calls

TMA and county medical society leaders are hosting town hall meetings – "House Calls" – around the state through the rest of the month so that physicians can learn firsthand how patients feel about the current health system reform proposals.

TMA Holds Health Reform House Calls
7/30/2009 7:00 PM

Aug 4, 2009

Doctor's Orders Followed - Podcast TMA

The 81st Texas Legislature proved to be one of the stranger sessions in recent history. The cover story in the August issue of Texas Medicine takes a look at how the Texas House got off to a slow start when representatives ousted incumbent Speaker Tom Craddick and chose new leadership. The Senate also nearly melted down at the beginning of the session because of a rules fight over the controversial voter ID bill. And in the waning days of the session, work in the House ground virtually to a halt as opponents of that very same voter ID bill used stalling tactics that ended up killing hundreds of other pieces of legislation.

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Still, Texas Medical Association won some tremendous victories. Included among those were bills to require insurance companies to use valid and accurate data when ranking physicians, boost funding for graduate medical education, greatly expand the state’s physician education loan repayment program, and more.

In this installment of Podcast TMA, Dan McCoy, MD, chair of TMA’s Council on Legislation, and TMA Board of Trustees member Lewis Foxhall, MD, who chaired a TMA Ad Hoc Committee on Health Insurance Reform, discuss what TMA accomplished this session and those things that most likely will resurface in the 2011 legislative session.

(Editor's note: We apologize for the sound quality of parts of this show. Dr. McCoy participated in the discussion via his mobile phone. But we decided what he had to say more than made up for the quality of the reproduction.)

This installment covers:

  • The impact the legislative environment had on TMA’s advocacy efforts.
  • TMA’s major legislative victories on health insurance reform, defending tort reform, maintaining the ban on the corporate practice of medicine, and more.
  • The importance of defeating trial lawyer efforts to water down the 2003 medical liability reforms.
  • Where the debate on direct employment of physicians by hospitals is likely headed in the interim before the next session.

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