TMA Legislative News Hotline
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
- Physicians would have an equal say and vote in a collaborative arrangement’s governing board.
- They also would have due process protections and the ability to participate in more than one collaborative arrangement in their community.
- The bill also protects Texas’ ban on the corporate practice of medicine.
Health care associated infections: TMA also submitted a letter in support of SB 620 by Senator Nelson that calls for changes in hospitals’ reporting of health care-associated infection (HAI) information. The changes would allow the state to participate in the National Healthcare Safety Network supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. SB 620 would help guarantee a standardized reporting process and conserve precious state dollars. SB 620 is before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee today.
Tobacco cessation program: TMA also will support House Bill 1166 by Rep. John Zerwas, MD (R-Richmond), today. The bill would require the Employees Retirement System of Texas to develop a plan to provide smoking cessation benefits through Texas’ employee health plan, including prescription drugs to help people to quit smoking. The measure will be heard today in the House Insurance Committee.
The Texas House will vote Thursday on whether to use $3.1 billion to cover part of the state’s current (2010-11) budget shortfall of $4 billion. Then on Friday, House members will begin debate on House Bill 1 — the House version of the state budget. The House Appropriations Committee approved the measure last week. Here is a copy of the 2012-13 budget proposal. The Senate Finance Committee is on schedule to finalize its budget bill, SB 1, next week.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
It’s not too late. Register today for First Tuesdays at the Capitol on April 5.
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WHAT WE'RE READING
Legislative process reveals hard truths (Austin-American Statesman)
Senate Committee Endorses Rural Hospital Hiring Doctors (Texas Tribune)