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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A REPORT CARD YOU'D BE PROUD TO SHOW TO MOM AND DAD

Our top priority as the 2011 legislative session convened was to protect the patient-physician relationship in every aspect of the health care system. With an enormous budget deficit and special interest groups from hospitals to midlevel practitioners lining up to take on medicine, it felt like everyone wanted a piece of the profession. Many of our adversaries wanted control of physicians, your practices, and your patients. Others wanted to weaken the Texas Medical Board, jeopardizing Texas’ hard-fought liability reforms and Texans’ access to care. Some believed physicians were the cost drivers and needed restraint. However, when the session finally ended, physicians crossed the finish line with the reins still in hand. Even better, lawmakers took major steps to protect and strengthen the patient-physician relationship from outside interference. Working with the legislature, we were able to minimize Medicaid cuts to office-based physicians so that you can continue to see the neediest Texas patients and continue your important work of improving the health of all Texans. Read our full report card — and spread it around. We’re quite proud of it — and you should be, too.

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