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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

FINAL FIRST TUESDAYS CROWD HELPS NAIL DOWN TMA AGENDA

Fanning across the Capitol to help kill bad bills and promote good ones, more than 100 physicians, medical students, and TMA Alliance members gave a resounding finish to 2013’s First Tuesdays at the Capitol. They witnessed House passage of our bill to regulate silent PPOs, which is just one short procedural move away from Gov. Rick Perry’s desk. Two of our key bills are already there:
  • Senate Bill 166 by Sen. Bob Deuell, MD (R-Greenville), and Rep. Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio) allows physicians to check in patients using the electronic strip on their Texas driver license.
  • Senate Bill 945 by Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) and Rep. Sarah Davis (R-West University Place) requires physicians and nonphysicians to wear photo ID badges clearly stating their name; hospital department; title; and status as a student, intern, trainee, or resident.
 

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