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TMA is more than 57,000 physicians and medical students caring for Texans. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.
TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 55,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 110 component county medical societies around the state. To read our social media conduct policy and page rules, please visit www.texmed.org/TMASocialPolicy/.
January/February Is Here:
Physician well-being is recovering from a pandemic nadir, and there's still room for improvement. Learn about physician-led wellness interventions, state efforts in workplace safety and behavioral health, and practical tips to address administrative burdens driving physician stress. Plus, get the latest on Texas' record licensure numbers and how scholarships are keeping medical students practicing in Texas. Read the digital edition. https://hubs.li/Q02fJrl40
Brian Sayers, MD
A veteran member in practice for almost 40 years, Brian Sayers, MD, also has a vested interest in the health and well-being of his fellow physicians, chairing Travis County Medical Society's Physician Health and Rehabilitation Committee and its Physician Wellness Program. “I am a member of the family of medicine, a community of doctors facing immense challenges to remain healthy, happy, and in love with their work and their patients,” he said. “We can only do this if we recognize and face our challenges, get help when we need it, and work for meaningful change in the system we work in.”
Physician-Led Wellness Initiatives Tackle Burnout:
After years of sounding the alarm about physician burnout and demanding systemic changes, organized medicine – and the health care industry more broadly – is responding with wellness initiatives on a trajectory for growth. Their commitment is bearing fruit: According to the latest studies, physician burnout rates appear to be on the wane. Read the story. https://hubs.li/Q02fv9kB0
Meet Amanda Mohammed-Strait, MD, today’s featured individual for , which showcases Family members who are “improving the health of all Texans.”
Dr. Mohammed-Strait practices family medicine in Dallas and has been a member since 2011. She has a strong passion for community medicine and public health, hosting monthly Walk With A Doc events.
Asked what inspires her outreach work, Dr. Mohammed-Strait said, “I firmly believe in the World Health Organization mission statement: ‘Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’ I think this is central to any provider and has certainly helped shape the type of physician I am.”
Thank you for all you do!
Medicare Payment Crisis Forces Practice Closure:
Medicare physician pay cuts left physicians like C. Wayne Cadenhead, MD, of Haskell with no other choice but to close his practice on Dec. 21. To prevent a similar fate for other struggling physicians, and others in organized medicine continue to urge Congress to intervene. Read more. https://hubs.li/Q02fkSpv0
Explore Your Potential at –
Three educational tracks focusing on personal, professional, and community leadership: Expand your knowledge and sharpen your leadership competency. Register today: https://hubs.li/Q02bVbQz0
We love that walking has the power to not only improve health but also bring people together, even from halfway across the world! Dr. Trevor Killeen (Leader of Walk With A Doc - Belfast in Northern Ireland) recently traveled to Texas and was able to join Walk With A Doc Galveston to chat with the doctors, medical students, and community members during their monthly walk.
Next time you're traveling, take a look at our 500+ Walk locations and see if there's a walk you can visit during your trip: https://walkwithadoc.org/join-a-walk/locations/
Thanks to the Texas Medical Association for supporting Walk with a Doc Texas!
is so very grateful for our hard-working and dedicated physician, medical student, and alliance members. Here's to a new year filled with health and happiness.
Explore Your Network at –
Meet and learn from your colleagues across the state by taking part in various social events. See agenda and register now: https://hubs.li/Q02bTYGG0
Consider Texas Medical Association Foundation part of your year-end giving. https://hubs.ly/Q01PzS1v0
Attention Texas journalists! It's submission time for 's Anson Jones, MD, Awards. Send in your best health stories by Jan. 10. Your work could make you a winner! https://hubs.li/Q02ccMQb0
extends its warm wishes for a holiday season filled with peace, joy, and prosperity.
Attention Texas journalists! physicians want to see your best health stories. It's submission time for 's Anson Jones, MD, Awards. Entries are due Jan. 10. Your work could make you a winner! https://hubs.li/Q02ccs2X0
Explore New Knowledge at —
Choose from 10+ hours of new educational content designed to expand your knowledge in personal, professional, and community leadership. Register now: https://hubs.li/Q02bTYGw0
Apply for a Grant to Help Promote Vaccines:
Applications are open until Feb. 15 for Local Impact Grants of up to $3,500 to fund vaccination activities, community outreach events, and vaccine education. All member physicians, county medical societies, chapters, and medical student chapters may apply. Learn more. https://hubs.li/Q02dkCgb0
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Corpus Hospital Revives Emergency Medicine Residency Program:
Faculty, residents, and organized medicine banded together in a grassroots effort to save the Corpus Christi emergency medicine residency program from planned closure. Advocates say the move was critical to bolstering access to care in the underserved region. https://hubs.li/Q02dkG9c0
Medicare physician payments have not kept pace with inflation for decades, falling instead. Deeper Medicare cuts – set for January – threaten patients’ access to physician care.
Medicare Payment Crisis Forces Rural Practice Closure:
Haskell family physician C. Wayne Cadenhead, MD, will close his practice on Dec. 21 due to successive Medicare physician pay cuts that left him with no other choice. To prevent a similar fate for other struggling physicians, and others in organized medicine continue to urge Congress to intervene. https://hubs.li/Q02dcZ8P0
Meet Brian Sayers, MD, today’s featured individual for , which showcases Family members who are “improving the health of all Texans.”
Dr. Sayers, a rheumatologist from Austin, has been a member since 1984. He is chair of the Travis County Medical Society's Physician Wellness Program and its Physician Health and Rehabilitation Committee.
Asked about the important work this committee does in his community, Dr. Sayers said, “Our wellness program advocates for physician wellness; provides educational resources, emotional support, and help for those in recovery; and makes free, anonymous counseling available to our colleagues and their life partners.”
Thank you for all you do!
Hilary Fairbrother, MD
For the chair of ’s Committee on Emergency Services and Trauma, organized medicine is a road to change that extends past the walls of the emergency room. “Being involved in organized medicine is the easiest way for me to feel that I am working on the problems facing our patients and our practice in a meaningful way,” said Hilary Fairbrother, MD, adding that her role in leadership empowers her to better serve patients. “This advocacy helps decrease my burnout and increases my satisfaction with being a physician.”
's Leadership Against Payer Abuses Resulted in Relief, Reform:
In 2001, joined two class-action lawsuits against 10 of the country's major private health plans, accusing them of conspiring to delay and reduce payments to clinicians and hospitals. The settlements from those cases resulted in wholesale changes in health plans’ business practices, among other relief, and created a legal legacy. Read the story. https://hubs.li/Q02cVbGr0
Attention Texas journalists! It's submission time for 's Anson Jones, MD, Awards. Send in your best health stories by Jan. 10. Your work could make you a winner! https://hubs.li/Q02ccrz30
Explore Generational Difference at —
Bruce Scott, MD, president-elect, will lead a panel discussion on “Generational Differences Among Leaders,” examining the characteristics of different generations and strategies for bridging the gap. Register now: https://hubs.li/Q02bTWSg0
New Leadership Summit Heeds Physicians’ Calls for Career Training:
has reinvigorated the former Winter Conference to fulfill members’ requests to make leadership training accessible to physicians of any background and at any stage of their career. Experience the continued trend of focused CME, speaker talks with real-world applications, and dedicated time to build connections with colleagues. Read more. https://hubs.li/Q02cyvHY0
Gregg-Upshur County Medical Society members elected officers and participated in a CME presentation by Robert Bennett, vice president of Medical Economics, at a meeting Tuesday. Justin Chen, MD, Gregg-Upshur CMS incoming president, presented a plaque to April Gatson, MD, for her service as Gregg-Upshur CMS president in 2022 and 2023.
Have a Wonderful Time at “Wonderland”
Join Texas Medical Association Foundation 2024 gala co-chairs Drs. Donna Casey and Gary Weinstein, Drs. Rainer and Anita Khetan, and Drs. Roger Khetan and Thomas Heil at ’s 31st annual gala on May 3, 2024. The theme is Wonderland and will take place during ’s annual meeting, TexMed, at the Dallas Convention Center.
Guests will be entertained by whimsical designs and décor inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic story, Alice in Wonderland. Attire is tea party or business casual. Your ticket purchase or table sponsorship supports TMAF-funded initiatives that amplify ’s vision: to improve the health of ALL Texans.
Institution and company gala table sponsorships are now available from $3,500 to $50,000. Individuals may sponsor a table starting at $2,750 or purchase individual tickets for $300 each or VIP tickets for $350. Contact TMAF at (800) 880-1330, ext. 1664, with questions or to learn more. https://hubs.li/Q02c4nL10
New RSV Preventions Can Reduce Seasonal Burden of Disease:
The breakthrough prevention options could lighten the load on a burdened health care system, especially during a respiratory illness season that now delivers the triple threat of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), COVID-19, and flu. New treatments include an adult vaccine and a monoclonal antibody treatment for babies. Read the story. https://hubs.li/Q02cfR_v0
Practices Must Provide Good Faith Estimates of Charges Under No Surprises Act Requirement:
The No Surprises Act's (NSA's) good faith estimate provision was designed to protect patients from unexpected medical expenses and provide clarity, but physicians say federal communications on its implementation have been lacking. Plus, the complex structure of the requirement puts a new host of burdens on practices, taking time away from patients. Read the story. https://hubs.li/Q02c4h0x0
December is Here:
Widespread shortfalls in implementation of the No Surprises Act’s various provisions continue to have negative consequences for practice viability and ultimately patient access to care. Chief among them: the IDR process to resolve out-of-network payment problems between physicians and payers; transparency requirements to provide patients with good faith estimates of expected charges; and rules governing up-to-date health plan directories. Plus, learn about 's other insurance-related wins in 2023. Read the digital edition. https://hubs.li/Q02c4bV00
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TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 53,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 110 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.
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