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Monday, May 5, 2008

HOUSE TACKLES MEDICINE’S PRIORITIES

The TMA House of Delegates efficiently dispatched an immense agenda at TexMed 2008 in San Antonio. Among its actions, the house:

  • Adopted private- and public-sector strategies for TMA to pursue to reduce the number of uninsured Texans;

  • Recommended that TMA work closely with the Texas Attorney General on issues such as health payment plan programs that rate physicians and the underpayment of noncontracted physicians;

  • Approved several recommendations to address emergency department overcrowding;

  • Adopted policy on evidence-based medicine;

  • Voted to support the addition of cystic fibrosis to the panel of tests for newborn screening;

  • Supported efforts to expand and promote state student loan repayment programs; and

  • Replaced TMA’s policy on gun control with one that focuses on responsible gun use.

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