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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 edberg@toa.org. 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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TOA Submits Comments on Workers’ Comp Legislation – HB 2247

March 30, 2021

TOA submitted comments to Rep. Hugh Shine related to HB 2247, which would give the State Office of Risk Management (SORM) the ability to determine whether a demonstration project for prior authorizations within Texas’ Workers’ Compensation program would result in greater efficiency for the system. TOA opposed 2017 legislation due to the fact that it…

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TOA Offers Testimony on SB 207

March 29, 2021

The Texas Orthopaedic Association (TOA) offered testimony today on SB 207 in the Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs earlier today. Click here to view TOA’s proposed language.

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Physicians Encourage Prescription Monitoring Program Funding

March 4, 2021

The Texas Orthopaedic Association and other physician groups encouraged appropriators in the Texas Legislature to once again fund the software to integrate the state’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) into EHRs.  The 2019 Texas Legislature funded physician’s licenses for the software. Click here to learn more.

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Texas Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Physicians in Workers’ Comp Case

January 29, 2021

The Texas Supreme Court ruled in favor of physicians in the case Patients Medical Center v. Facility Insurance Corporation, which questioned whether physicians had to assume the burden of proof throughout any medical fee dispute case that goes to SOAH, regardless of if the provider prevailed at the administrative level with the Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC).    The…

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Congress’ End-of-Year Legislation

December 21, 2020

Congress passed end-of-year legislation on December 21, 2020, that updated Medicare’s E/M cuts for orthopaedics, created a ban on surprise billing for emergency services, and added a new round of PPP. Updated Physician Fee Schedule Click here to view the E/M calculator:2021 Ortho codes only revised pro fee compare 2021 to 2020 Click here for…

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