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Monday, January 11, 2010

LEADERS SHARE INSIGHTS ON STATE HEALTH CARE ISSUES AT AMA STRATEGY CONFERENCE

TEXPAC Chair Susan Strate, MD, joined Dr. Bailey, Darren Whitehurst, and me at the American Medical Association’s 2010 State Legislative Strategy Conference (PDF). Hot topics included how federal health system reform will affect the states, the uncertain funding future for state Medicaid programs, liability reform, scope of practice, health information technology, and health insurance reform. Lee Spangler, TMA’s vice president for medical economics, was part of a panel discussion on ways to corral health plans’ efforts to stop balance billing for out-of-network services. The TMA Council on Legislation already has begun work on our agenda for the 2011 Texas Legislature, and will start examining the details later this month at TMA 2010 Winter Conference.

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