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Tuesday, March 03, 2015 06:52 AM

84(R) HB 1445

H.B. No. 1445, and act relating to measures to support or enhance graduate medical education in this state, including the transfer of assets following the dissolution of the Texas Medical Liability Insurance Underwriting Association, would create a fund for “supporting graduate medical education."

"The permanent fund supporting graduate medical education is a special fund in the treasury outside the general revenue fund. The fund is composed of: (1) money transferred or appropriated to the fund by the legislature; (2)  gifts and grants contributed to the fund; and (3) the returns received from investment of money in the fund."

"The trust company shall administer the fund. The trust company shall determine the amount available for distribution from the fund, determined in accordance with a distribution policy that is adopted by the comptroller and designed to preserve the purchasing power of the fund's assets and to provide a stable and predictable stream of annual distributions. Expenses of managing the fund's assets shall be paid from the fund. Except as provided by this section, money in the fund may not be used for any purpose."

"The amount available for distribution from the fund may be appropriated only to fund the programs created under this chapter and any other programs designed to support or enhance graduate medical education in this state."

If you are wondering if chiropractic would fall into the category of a program designed to support or enhance graduate medical education, the bill explains:  "Graduate medical residency training program” means a residency or other postgraduate medical training program:  (A) participation in which may be counted toward certification in a medical specialty or subspecialty; and (B)  that: (i) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or the American Osteopathic Association; or (ii) demonstrates eligibility to apply for and receive an accreditation described by Subparagraph (i)" [accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or the American Osteopathic Association]

There’s a Law (Proposal) for That
Thursday, February 12, 2015 04:17 PM

Some of the myriad laws proposed thus far during the 84th Texas Legislature include some interesting changes that might be of interest to some.

84(R) HB 126, relating to parking placards for vehicles of persons with disabilities, has been referred to the Transportation Committee.

84th Legislature Bill Tracking List
Thursday, January 15, 2015 12:24 PM

Did you know that you can create your own list of bills to watch during the Texas Legislature?  Did you know that you can search the text of filed bills for key words?  Did you know that it is easy to do and to use?   Here’s How.

MDs Promote "Choosing Wisely" (as Long as You Choose Them)
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Saturday, October 04, 2014 06:10 PM

At TMA’s annual conference in May, the association’s Council on Health Care Quality led a continuing medical education seminar for physicians about Choosing Wisely, and hosted a panel discussion at TMA Fall Conference in September. “Instead of third-party entities like insurance companies or Medicare saying, ‘Doctors must do this or can’t do that,’ these are recommendations that physicians are saying ‘we know by virtue of our daily practice and scientific literature that these [treatments or tests] are of low value.’ ... ‘We are the experts. We should help society decide what can be reasonably avoided,’ versus just proscribing or prescribing.”

Medical Doctors are taking extra steps to engage and inform patients explains Texas Medicine magazine, Texas Medical Association’s official publication. “Hopefully, future conversation will be the patient asking, ‘Why are you doing this?’" said a member of TMA Council on Health Care Quality. 

Help Veterans Receive the Care They Need and Deserve: Your Voice Counts
Monday, September 15, 2014 02:09 PM

Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine) has introduced the Chiropractic Care to All Veterans Act in the House of Representatives. The bill would require the Veterans Administration (VA) to have a chiropractic physician on staff at all major VA medical facilities by 2016. You too can help ensure the services provided by doctors of chiropractic are available to the brave men and women who have served our country. This bill needs cosponsors to increase the likelihood of its passage. Simply click the link below to urge your federal representative to cosponsor the bill!

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