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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

TEN YEARS OF "WHAT HAS TMA DONE FOR ME LATELY?"

Jim Bob Brame, MD, the former TMA president and still fiery family physician from Eldorado, is working to fire up his Concho Valley County Medical Society. In a speech last week, he gave his colleagues 10 years’ worth of reasons for belonging to TMA:

  • 2003 — Passed strong liability reform that’s working. 
  • 2003 — Passed prompt pay law that’s working. 
  • 2005 — Generated $1 billion-plus in relief for physicians through national class action suits against for-profit insurance companies. 
  • 2006 — Prevented onerous taxes on medical practices. 
  • 2007 — Won 25-percent increase in Texas Medicaid payments for physicians. 
  • 2008 — Convinced Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas to rescind plan to rate physicians on how cheaply we care for our patients. 
  • 2009 — Won passage of a bill defining fair ratings plans for physicians. 
  • 2010 — Opposed passage of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (that doesn’t seem to be working very well at all). 
  • 2011 — Defended physicians’ clinical autonomy by protecting the ban on corporate practice of medicine. 
  • 2011 — Outlawed anonymous complaints to the Texas Medical Board. 
  • 2012 — Restored state payment of Medicare Part B deductible for patients covered by both Medicare and Medicaid. 
  • 2013 — Won passage of a bill defining physician-led, team-based care — stopping nurse practitioners’ drive for independent practice. 
  • 2014 — Preparing to launch TMA Physician Services Organization, which will provide products and services that help physicians survive against the big-money hospitals and insurance companies that want to gobble us up.

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