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Monday, November 1, 2010

TMA TO PUSH STATE FOR PATIENT, PHYSICIAN PROTECTIONS IN ACOs

A team of TMA experts, under the direction of Asa Lockhart, MD, will participate in an ACO stakeholder meeting with the Texas Department of Insurance and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. The state agencies are starting to develop policy on how the state might want to regulate these new health care delivery systems. Here are the two priority points we will make:
  1. ACOs must be physician-led organizations to ensure that physicians’ clinical judgment is paramount in making patient care decisions.
  2. The driving force for how ACOs increase quality and hold down costs must be patients, not profits.

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