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Monday, May 11, 2009

TMA HOUSE ADOPTS HEALTH SYSTEM REFORM GUIDELINES

Last week’s EVPGram ran out of room before I could summarize the highly efficient actions of the TMA House of Delegates at TexMed 2009. Most importantly, the house approved the 17 guiding principles developed by the Select Committee on Health System Reform. Those principles already are guiding our new Health System Reform Task Force. Delegates also voted:
  • To urge the legislature to require nonphysicians with direct patient contact to “display or clearly identify their name, degree held, and specialty (PDF) on lab coats, ID badges, main entrances to their medical practices,” and in public promotional material so patients won’t think they’re physicians;
  • To support legislation or rulemaking to establish a temporary license (PDF) for non-Texas physicians testifying in the state as expert medical witnesses;
  • To support legislation or rulemaking that would set “a reasonable statute of limitations” (PDF) for handling Texas Medical Board (TMB) administrative violations.

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