- 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.
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:
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