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Monday, April 4, 2011

BIG CROWD OF WHITE COATS EXPECTED FOR TOMORROW'S FIRST TUESDAYS AT THE CAPITOL

Hundreds of physicians, medical students, and TMA Alliance members will impress medicine’s 2011 legislative agenda, Caring for Patients in a Time of Change, on state lawmakers tomorrow at April’s First Tuesdays at the Capitol. It’s not too late for you to attend. I’d like to thank those TMA physicians who came to Austin last week, joining Drs. Curran and Susan Strate on the House and Senate committee witness stands:

  • Asa Lockhart, MD, chair of TMA’s Ad Hoc Committee on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and an anesthesiologist from Tyler, testified for a vastly reworked version of SB 8, the plan by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Sen. Jane Nelson to introduce new health care delivery systems to Texas.
  • TMA member obstetrician-gynecologists Ralph Anderson, MD, and Eugene Toy, MD, testified before the House Public Health Committee on bills looking for ways to reduce the need to use expensive neonatal intensive care units.
  • Theodore Spinks, MD, a pediatric neurosurgeon in Austin, testified on a bill that addresses the prevention, treatment, and management of concussions affecting young athletes.
  • Carol Baker, MD, an infectious disease specialist from Houston who chairs the U.S. Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices, testified (PDF) for legislation that would require proof that students have received a meningitis vaccination at least five years prior to college entry.
  • Austin pediatrician Stephen Pont, MD, testified in support of SB 226, which would enhance data gathered through the Fitnessgram. It’s a program that measures schoolchildren’s aerobic capacity, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition.

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