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Monday, May 16, 2011

HOUSE TACKLES PHYSICIAN DISPENSING, ACOs, TEXTING WHILE DRIVING

The TMA House of Delegates adopted new policy on a slew of important issues. The house agreed to support legislation to allow physicians to dispense and charge for pharmaceuticals, other than schedule I-V controlled substances. A bill allowing physician dispensing has passed the Texas Senate and is scheduled for a House committee hearing this week. In other action, delegates:

  • Voted to require these safeguards in any accountable care organization: voluntary physician and patient participation, physician leadership on the governing board, and physician supervision of economic and quality measures;
  • “Took a firm stand against the epidemic use” of cell phones and texting while driving because they often cause accidents;
  • Adopted policy requiring insurers to compensate physicians for the cost of seeking preauthorization for medications, studies, or procedures; and
  • Asked the legislature to encourage natural gas production but protect Texas water from the risk of hydrofracking by requiring disclosure of fracking fluid components.

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