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Monday, February 3, 2014


About 600 physicians joined us in Austin for an exciting group of work and education sessions that made up our 2014 Winter Conference. As always, TMA leaders and our speakers demonstrated their passion for the profession and for improving patient care. Among the highlights:
  • A panel of engaging speakers with wide-ranging expertise shared their insights into the ongoing transformation of the health care marketplace. (Watch the video.) They gave us a glimpse at the future and how, together, we are going to help physicians regain control of health care. Within TMA, we are committed to giving you the tools to do that.
  • U.S. Sen. John Cornyn brought us a sane look at the insanity that is Washington, D.C., these days. (Watch the video.) He discussed the Affordable Care Act, Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate formula, and the Independent Payment Advisory Board. I was particularly impressed with his call for the Senate to return to what he called the “80-20 rule,” where senators from both parties focus on the 80 percent of issues on which they agree rather than the 20 percent on which they vehemently differ. Good advice.
  • TEXPAC hosted a forum for the four Republican candidates for Texas comptroller of public accounts. (Watch the video.) After the forum, the TEXPAC Board of Directors voted to endorse State Rep. Harvey Hilderbran (R-Kerrville) in the March 4 primary.
  • The Texas Delegation to the American Medical Association elected David Henkes, MD, of San Antonio as its new chair. Drs. Asa Lockhart of Tyler and Sheldon Gross of San Antonio are the new vice chairs.

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