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Monday, October 11, 2010

CONSIDER THE PATIENTS

State leaders should consider how their decisions impact patients’ lives when they decide how to implement provisions of the new health system reform law (PDF) in Texas. That was the message Austin neurologist Sara Austin, MD, delivered on behalf of TMA to the House Select Committee on Legislation, chaired by Rep. John Zerwas, MD, last week. Dr. Austin’s testimony focused on three challenges to implementing the law:
  • Establishment of accountable care organization pilots in Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and employment retirement services, including the private market;
  • Establishment of a Consumer Assistance Office/Ombudsman Program; and
  • Establishment of a state insurance exchange.
She also noted that TMA has traveled the state, educating physicians about the new health law and what it means to their practice and what it means to their patients.

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