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Monday, April 1, 2013

TMA PUSHES FOR MORE RED TAPE CUTS, FAIR MEDICAID FRAUD INVESTIGATIONS

TMA-member physicians once again hit the Capitol in our ongoing quest to cut the bureaucracy and red tape that get in the way of efficient medical practices. First-time witness Richard Benedikt, MD, of San Antonio testified for a bill to streamline renewal of physicians’ Controlled Substance Registration permits. And Buddy Swift, DO, chair of TMA’s Council on Socioeconomics, testified for a House bill that would allow physicians and their staff to check in patients using the electronic strip on the back of their Texas driver license. Dr. Swift previously spoke out on the other side of the Capitol for a similar bill that has now passed the Senate. John Holcomb, MD, chair of the TMA Select Committee on Medicaid, CHIP, and the Uninsured, testified in support of two bills that seek to ensure due process for physicians who are subject of a Medicaid payment hold and/or recoupment of potential overpayments. Council on Legislation Chair Les Secrest, MD, took the witness stand in support of increased funding for Texas’ Physician Education Loan Repayment Program. Thomas Kim, MD, a scholar in TMA Leadership College, testified for a bill to require insurance companies to pay physicians for after-hours telephone consultations. And Austin emergency physician Bruce Moskow, MD, shared our concerns with a bill that would allow telemedicine to replace the on-site physician member of the trauma team in Level IV trauma centers in small counties. Watch the video.

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