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Monday, January 11, 2010

TMA DELEGATION HEADED TO CAPITOL HILL TO LOBBY ON HEALTH SYSTEM REFORM

TMA President-Elect Sue Bailey, MD, is leading a group that includes Council on Legislation Chair Dan McCoy, MD, chief lobbyist Darren Whitehurst, and me that is traveling to Washington, D.C., this week. We will work with delegations from California and other state societies to lobby House and Senate members on the health system reform bill that’s on a fast track for final votes. We will work to build support for replacing the Sustainable Growth Rate formula (SGR) with a stable funding platform for physicians’ Medicare payments. We are also after protections for Texas’ medical liability reforms and a rewrite of some of the more odious physician-evaluation provisions in the bill. The Council on Legislation met last week via conference call to reaffirm TMA’s priorities. We have posted a comprehensive comparison of the House and Senate bills on the TMA Web site (PDF) fair, stable funding formula.

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