- TMA filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court urging it not to exempt drug manufacturers from state court actions in liability cases. Such a move, we argued, could expose physicians to significant risk.
- The Texas Department of Insurance fined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas $250,000 and ordered the insurance giant to repay $3.9 million to members for underpaying claims for treatment in out-of-network hospitals and other medical facilities.
- At TMA’s urging, Blue Cross abandoned its economic rating system for physicians.
- An Austin appeals court held that a lower court had jurisdiction to hear TMA’s challenge to the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners rules on certain surgical and diagnostic procedures.
- Today, for the first time in decades, TMA is operating without Sharon Townsend, our board secretary extraordinaire, who retired. I promoted Gayle Love, long-time head of TMA’s Public Health Department, to be the new director of association governance.
- TMA arranged for physicians to receive U.S. Food and Drug Administration drug alerts as soon as they are issued. Sign up today for the Health Care Notification Network.
- The Texas Cancer Prevention and Research Institute approved a nearly $300,000 grant for TMA’s Physician Oncology Education Program.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
CATCHING UP ON THE SUMMER NEWS
EVPGram was on vacation the past six weeks, but the leaders and staff of your medical society certainly weren’t. Some news you might have missed:
Posted by Steve Levine at 1:27 PM