TMA President Bruce Malone, MD, tells a story about a patient who feels that Medicare is his benefit and not one for doctors. His testimony occurred at the American Medical Association meeting New Orleans in support of the organizations' efforts to make direct Medicare contracting a priority.
Nov 13, 2011
Speaking at the American Medical Association House of Delegates, David Teuscher, MD, of Beaumont argues why the AMA should move now to stop the federal government from requiring physicians and health care providers to switch to the onerous ICD-10 documentation system. Dr. Teuscher, an orthopedic surgeon and member of the Texas Medical Association Board of Trustees, was testifying on behalf of Resolution 224, which the Texas Delegation submitted along with physicians from North Carolina and Nebraska.
That resolution asks AMA to:
- Immediately petition the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to stop implementation and development of all new coding and billing standards including ICD-10; and
- Work with other national and state medical and informatics associations to develop and evaluate the appropriate replacement for ICD-9.
ICD-10, which will be required of all physicians, hospitals, and health care providers beginning Oct. 1, 2013, is one of the many new regulatory burdens covered in TMA's Calendar of Doom.
Nov 12, 2011
NEW ORLEANS -- Newly announced legislative candidate Susan Todd of Fort Worth helped to kick off her campaign this evening with a well-attended fundraiser and reception at the interim meeting of the American Medical Association.
Susan -- past president of the Tarrant County, Texas, and AMA Alliances -- is running in the open Republican Primary for Texas State Representative District 97. She is a prominent Fort Worth health care advocate and former nurse. At TMA, we know her as the founder and organizer of "First Tuesdays at the Capitol," the enormously successful series of lobby days we hold on the first Tuesdays of every month when the Texas Legislature is in session.
Susan has been an active Tarrant County Republican for the past 30 years. She is campaigning as a “Texas Conservative for a Healthier Texas” with a four-part campaign platform calling for a healthier economy, healthier citizenry, healthier education system, and healthier protection of our constitutional rights.
NEW ORLEANS -- Congratulations to a pair of medical students who won election as new Region 3 representatives to the American Medical Association Medical Student Section. David Savage from The University of Texas Medical School at Houston is a new Region 3 delegate, and Elliott Richards from the Baylor College of Medicine is an alternate delegate.
|Elliott Richards (l) and David Savage|
Nov 7, 2011
Practices that do not implement the 5010 transaction standards by Jan. 1, 2012, will not be paid for their work. The deadline for adopting the ICD-10 coding system is Oct. 1, 2013. Read more about complying with these new regulatory burdens at the TMA Calendar of Doom. The AMA house convenes Saturday, Nov. 11, 2011, in New Orleans.
The full resolution, which the AMA house has designated Resolution 224, is reprinted below: