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Monday, April 26, 2010

TMA DEVELOPING PLANS TO HELP PHYSICIANS SURVIVE ADN THRIVE IN NEW ENVIRONMENT

If the new health reform law is really the biggest change in U.S. health care since the enactment of Medicare, what are you doing to prepare? Paying your TMA dues and staying active in TMA leadership are two important steps. We believe it will take a combination of advocacy, education, and outreach for practices to survive and thrive amidst all the chaos. We’ve started with a complete summary of the new law (PDF) and are beginning to work on all the new federal regulations it will take to implement the bill. Our Council on Legislation is developing strategies for the 2011 Texas Legislature so that Texans can decide what reform will look like in Texas. TMA President-Elect Sue Bailey, MD, who is determined to help Texas physicians take advantage of this change, will lead an education session on health system reform Friday afternoon at TexMed 2010. The next step is a “what it means to me” document for physicians in small practices, large groups, and academia. We will roll out a more complete statewide seminar series later this year. Many physicians are fielding questions from concerned and confused patients (a new survey found 55 percent of patients nationally are confused about the new law), so TMA is planning a return of our House Calls outreach events, and we are preparing patient education materials for you to use in your office. If you have additional ideas, please send them my way.

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