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HIPAA Investigations by the Office of Civil Rights: January 25 Webinar

January 16, 2022

TMLT will hold a January 25 webinar on violations related to HIPAA investigations by the Office of Civil Rights: Understand what the OCR is focusing on in its investigations. Explain how to prevent the most common violations cited by the OCR in 2021. Discuss the importance of cooperating with the OCR and responding to their…

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TOA Supports TMA’s Lawsuit Challenging the Median In-Network Rate

December 26, 2021

The Texas Orthopaedic Association submitted a supporting declaration in support of the Texas Medical Association’s lawsuit alleging that the rule created by the federal agencies responsible for implementing the No Surprises Act incorrectly directs arbitrators to determine appropriate out-of-network payments by relying primarily on the median in-network rate. The American Medical Association and American Hospital…

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U.S. House Addresses Medicare Cuts

December 9, 2021

The U.S. House passed a stand-alone Medicare package on December 7 that would address a significant portion of the 9.75% physician Medicare cuts that are scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2022. In short, the 9.75% Medicare cut would become a .75% cut on January 1, 2022. The bill now moves to the Senate for…

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CMS Extends Hip-and-Knee Replacement Demonstration for Three Years

April 30, 2021

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized an extension of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) demonstration on April 29, and the extension will add an additional three years through 2024. The extension will only apply to hospitals in the mandatory portions of the demonstration. Click here to read CMS’s final rule.…

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Orthopaedic Residents Advocate on Capitol Hill

July 10, 2019

TOA takes three orthopaedic residents to Washington, DC every June to visit with lawmakers about musculoskeletal issues that affect Texas patients. TOA’s goal is to introduce advocacy issues to residents at an early age. Jordan Handcox, MD of San Antonio, Dylan Homen, MD of Lubbock and Max Danilevich, MD of Galveston were the three residents…

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Texas Becomes First Legislature to Address Patient Reported Outcomes

June 15, 2017

Texas became the first legislature to pass a bill related to patient reported outcomes (PROs) for musculoskeletal care through SB 55, which was introduced by Senator Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo) and Representative JD Sheffield, DO (R-Gatesville).  Governor Greg Abbott signed the bill into law on June 15, 2017. SB 55 directs the two of the state’s…

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Pain Relief Issues in Orthopaedics

June 12, 2017

Both the Texas Orthopaedic Association (TOA) and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) have addressed the opioid crisis at recent meetings. Austin orthopaedic surgeon David Ring, MD, PhD presented at TOA’s 2017 Annual Conference: “The Opioid Crisis: The Future Role of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Solving the Crisis.” Dr. Ring shared a pain relief video at…

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Orthopaedics in Texas

May 25, 2021

The Texas Legislature Passed the Nation’s Model Prior Authorization Law HB 3459, which passed in May 2021, will: Prohibit a PPO or HMO regulated by the state of Texas from requiring a prior authorization for a physician who meets certain thresholds. If during a prior six-month period a physician was approved for at least 90…

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Anti-discrimination Statement (ACA)

April 26, 2021

October 3, 2016 Dear TOA Member:   On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule regarding the Affordable Care Act’s non-discrimination policies in Section 1557.  Click here to read a very lengthy summary from the Kaiser Foundation.   The provision requires covered entities (physician practices) to post…

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Texas Orthopaedic Association Bylaws

April 26, 2021

TEXAS ORTHOPAEDIC ASSOCIATION, INC. BYLAWS ARTICLE IThe name of this organization shall be the TEXAS ORTHOPAEDIC ASSOCIATION, INC. (hereinafter called the “Association”). ARTICLE IIPurposeSection 1. The purpose of this organization is to: Foster cooperation among the orthopaedic surgeons in the State of Texas. Encourage scientific, educational, and charitable endeavors which will promote and advance the…

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San Antonio – Monday, April 5

April 5, 2021

Have you paid your TOA dues for 2021? If you aren’t sure, email If you have an interest in contributing to the Texas Orthopaedic Association Political Action Committee (TOPAC), click here to contribute. Click here to send a message to your state lawmakers about opioids today. Click here to fill out the CME evaluation so…

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