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Monday, June 10, 2013

GRASSROOTS COALITION STORMS CAPITOL HILL

Leaders from several other state medical societies joined TMA Advocacy VP Darren Whitehurst and me in working meetings on key health care issues with members of Congress. TMA is collaborating with representatives of state societies from California, New York, Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Arizona, and South Carolina in this grassroots education effort. We’re assembling a cross-pollination of ideas from state leaders in organized medicine, and visiting not just with Texas’ congressional delegation but also with virtually anyone who will listen to us, to rally for better patient care across America. In addition to meeting with key Texas congressmen like Reps. Michael Burgess, MD (R-Lewisville), and Kevin Brady (R-The Woodlands), we educated freshman members about Medicare’s failing Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and some important bills to cut red tape for physicians. Those include a call to stop implementation of the ICD-10 coding system by passing HR 1701 by Rep. Ted Poe (R-Humble); allowing physicians to own hospitals, under HR 2027 by Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Plano); and repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board through passage of S 351 by Sen. John Cornyn of Texas.

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