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Monday, March 23, 2009

TMA TESTIFIES ON CHIP, CORPORATE PRACTICE, PHYSICIAN RATINGS, RETAIL CLINICS

It was another busy week for medicine at the Texas capitol. John Holcomb, MD, of San Antonio told the House Human Services Committee why the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) should be simplified and allow slightly more well-off families to buy in to CHIP coverage. TMA President Josie Williams, MD, testified before a Senate committee against two bills that would allow rural hospitals to employ physicians directly. She also testified before the House Public Health Committee in support of a bill that would bring some reason to insurance companies’ physician rating systems. Gary Floyd, MD, of Fort Worth helped push a good bill through the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. The bill carefully expands how physicians supervise midlevel providers at retail health clinics. Thanks for taking time out to testify also go to Carlos Hernandez, MD, of Eagle Pass; Charletta Guillory, MD, of Austin; Sharon Raimer, MD, of Galveston.

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