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Monday, November 25, 2013


Health and Human Services Commissioner Kyle Janek, MD, and some of his senior staff met with me, TMA General Counsel Rocky Wilcox, Advocacy VP Darren Whitehurst, and Medical Economics VP Lee Spangler to review a number of critical issues. We discussed the concerns we’ve been hearing about certain Medicaid managed care plans eliminating referrals to specialists and hospitals. We talked about streamlining the 1,800-plus pages of Medicaid rules and regulations physicians must follow. We examined the impact of the dual-eligible cuts on patient care for seniors, particularly in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and in rural Texas. We left very optimistic that Commissioner Janek will follow through and help us solve some of these problems.

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