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Monday, May 11, 2015

House of Delegates Targets Compulsory Electronic Health Records

The TMA House of Delegates voted for TMA to lead the fight to throw off the yoke of servitude from government mandates for physicians to use electronic health records (EHRs). “I took the Hippocratic Oath, not the HIPAA Oath, when I graduated from medical school,” said James Hays, MD, the delegate from the Central Texas County Medical Society, which brought the resolution to Austin. The adopted resolution says TMA should recommend that Congress repeal compulsory EHR requirements. The house waded through dozens of other reports and resolutions at this meeting. Notably, delegates:
  • Urged Congress to “permanently abandon” implementation of the ICD-10 coding system,
  • Adopted policy to spur continued growth in new graduate medical education slots,
  • Enacted new policy on improving network adequacy in health insurance plans,
  • Adopted a series of policies to combat prescription drug abuse and drug overdoses,
  • Adopted a strong new position statement on medical marijuana,
  • Said TMA should advocate for undocumented children to be able to receive nonemergency and preventive care,
  • Updated TMA’s vision and mission statement and strategic goals and objectives,
  • Voted to encourage medical schools and residency and fellowship training programs to reconsider policies that strictly limit or prohibit moonlighting by residents, and
  • Voted for TMA to ask AMA to develop “appropriate adjustments to resident and fellow compensation and benefits.”

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