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Monday, June 1, 2009

TMA TASK FORCE WORKS TO DEFINE "WHAT WE'RE FOR" IN HEALTH SYSTEM REFORM

Our Task Force on Health System Reform met Saturday to spell out exactly what Texas physicians want to see in any reform package that Congress might pass this year. We will release the final plan for comment in a week or so, but it’s certain to include language that would:
  • Eliminate Medicare’s flawed physician payment formula;
  • Focus on prevention and wellness, both for individual patients and the population as a whole;
  • Ensure that physicians define science-based standards of care;
  • Eliminate unnecessary complexities and paperwork that add to physicians’ costs; and
  • Align financing and incentives to ensure that physicians, hospitals, patients, health plans, and government agencies all are working together for the good of the patient.

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