TMA'S Top Ten List
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Saturday, October 04, 2014 05:43 PM

Says the Texas Medical Association:  

The fields of engagement — the Texas Legislature, U.S. Congress, courts, state and federal bureaucracies — are many. The issues are all-encompassing. But TMA’s approach is clear. “Our government must make it easier — not more difficult — for us to care for our patients,” Dr. King continues in his welcome message.

Here’s our Top 10 List:

  1. Increase Medicaid primary care physician payments on par with Medicare and extend higher payments to subspecialists and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
  2. Devise and enact a system for providing health care to low-income Texans with realistic payment to physicians, less stifling state bureaucracy, and no fraud-and-abuse witch hunts. 
  3. Repeal the broken SGR formula. Enact a rational Medicare physician payment system that works and is backed by a fair, stable funding formula. 
  4. Increase funding for graduate medical education
  5. Protect Texas’ landmark medical liability reforms. 
  6. Stop any efforts to expand scope of practice beyond that safely permitted by nonphysician practitioners’ education, training, and skills. 
  7. Standardize Medicaid managed care administrative processes. 
  8. Ensure criteria used to measure physicians’ performance are evidence-based, fair, and accurate, and truly evaluate quality and efficient care, not just cost. 
  9. Stop Recovery Audit Program bounty hunters. 
  10. Eliminate the adoption of ICD-10 coding system.