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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Dr. Garcia Shares Legislative Box Score

With Major League Baseball’s playoffs just a few weeks away, TMA President Tom Garcia, MD, is using some familiar baseball analogies in his visits around the state. Last week, he made two stops in San Antonio, sharing TMA’s 2015 legislative box score with members of the Bexar County Medical Society and with the Baptist Health System’s Physician-Hospital Organization. He spoke of the home runs we hit: funding for graduate medical education, big reforms in Medicaid fraud and abuse investigations, e-cigarette regulation, tax relief, and elimination of the occupation tax and the state controlled-substance permit. He described the “perfect game” we pitched on scope of practice issues. But he also pointed out that we failed to score on Medicaid payment increases, and on some public health improvements and insurance reforms. Those losses, of course, illustrate why we need more members to join TEXPAC to help us elect more medicine-friendly legislators.

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