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Monday, May 11, 2009

FIRST TUESDAYS TOTAL FOR THE YEAR TOPS 1,000 PHYSICIANS, STUDENTS, AND ALLIANCE MEMBERS

More than 165 physicians, medical students, and alliance members attended the last First Tuesdays at the Capitol, bringing the total attendance for 2009 to more than 1,000. While their colleagues lobbied lawmakers, some TMA members spent the day testifying at House and Senate committees:
  • TMA Board Chair Michael Speer, MD, testified against SB 2336 by Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston). He said we need a strong and fair TMB to give physicians due process in complaints and investigations, to protect patients, and to uphold high ethical and professional standards for physicians. Dr. Speer outlined our strong stand on nontherapeutic prescribing.
  • Former board chair Lyle Thorstenson, MD, testified in support of SB 2077 by Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio). The measure would create a special state committee to identify physician shortage areas and recommend residency training programs to meet health care needs.
  • Joseph Schneider, MD, chair of TMA's Health Information Technology Committee, testified in support of SB 7 by Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Lewisville). Dr. Schneider discussed how the bill would use information technology to improve the quality of care in the Texas Medicaid program.

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