With social media forcing big change in how traditional news organizations operate and making “disseminating false information easier than ever,” complicated and dry issues like health care sometimes get left out of the news, three veteran members of the Texas Capitol Press Corps told the audience at TMA’s 2015 Fall Conference. The hour-long panel discussion pulled the curtain back a bit on how reporters decide what to cover and how different media approach the same story. One tip they offered for doctors being interviewed: Drop the medical nomenclature and use very plain English whenever possible. In other highlights of the General Session:
- TMA President Tom Garcia, MD, reviewed medicine’s successes — and failures — in the 2015 Texas Legislature.
- Louisiana surgeon Frank Opelka, MD, chair of the American Medical Association’s Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement, laid out a blueprint for health care and medical education redesign.
- A panel of Texas experts provided a clinical update on hepatocellular carcinoma, a disease that afflicts and kills Texans more than people in any other state.