The Texas Medical Association is a professional nonprofit organization founded in 1853 charged with finding solutions to challenges Texas physicians face in treating patients. Membership is composed of 50,000 practicing physicians and medical students. The organization provides regulatory support, advocacy and research services to its members and also publishes monthly magazines and newsletters for membership.  Their most recent strategic plan sets association goals related to strengthening timely payment systems, the sustainable financing and delivery of health care, and maintaining the primacy of the physician among health care practitioners. Their 2020 policy platform calls for, among other things:

  • increasing Medicaid reimbursement rates to be equal to Medicare and to increase rates for specialist physicians caring for CHIP patients;
  • developing and implement a health care system for low-income Texans that is fair to physicians;
  • repealing the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula (a payment design for Medicare intended to lower costs and protect the program) and implement a payment formula that is fair and sustainable; and
  • the increasing of funding for graduate medical education (GME).

Legislative priorities for the 85th session include protecting medical liability damage caps, speed up the medical licensing process, cover the uninsured with private insurance that includes co-pays and health savings accounts, retain diagnosing and prescribing as authorities held only by physicians, protect consumers against surprise medical bills, and improve access to behavioral health services.