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Monday, December 5, 2011

SPECIALTY SOCIETIES LAY OUT PRIORITIES AT TMA ADVOCACY RETREAT

Preserving tort reform, defeating scope of practice expansions, preventing Medicare and Medicaid cuts, restoring graduate medical education funding, growing the physician workforce, protecting physician ownership, and stopping the corporate practice of medicine. Those issues came up again and again at the TMA Advocacy Retreat as 15 state specialty societies from allergy to urology laid out their legislative priorities for the coming year. “Please remember that while each of you is here representing your specialty society, each of you is really representing your patients,” TMA Board of Trustees Chair Tom Garcia, MD, said at the start of the two-day conference. “Throughout today’s discussions, I urge you all to focus on what unites us. Please don’t dwell on what separates us from each other. We all need each other … and our patients need all of us.”

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