Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Texas Physicians to Tackle Medicine's Top Issues at TexMed

More than 1,500 physician leaders and health care experts will convene in Dallas Thursday through Saturday for TexMed 2012 — the Texas Medical Association’s annual conference. Participants will examine critical health care policies on the state and national level and discuss strategies to help physicians care for patients in a time of change. Some of the proposals before the association’s policymaking House of Delegates include:
  • Work to make sure rules governing the state’s Women’s Health Program “do not interfere with physicians’ ethical and legal obligations to provide medically accurate, candid, and unbiased advice to obstetric patients”;
  • Require clarity for the public regarding the difference between physicians and other “doctors”;
  • Repeal payment cuts to physicians who care for “dual-eligible” (Medicaid/Medicare) patients;
  • Make “smoke-free Texas” a top legislative priority for 2013;
  • Restore funding for state family planning services and the Women’s Health Program;
  • Lobby to generate more residency slots and regain full funding for the Physician Education Loan Repayment Program;
  • Improve access to vaccines provided through the state’s adult immunization’ program; and
  • Work with the Department of Public Safety to streamline processing of controlled substance permit applications.

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