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Medicare’s CY 2020 Physician Fee Schedule Proposal

August 2, 2019

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposal for the calendar year (CY) 2020 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on July 29, 2019. The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) will provide a lengthy summary of the proposal and a response in the near future. In the meantime, TOA has provided a summary…

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Carl Nunziato, MD testifying on opioids before the Texas House Public Health Committee

July 19, 2019

Carl Nunziato, MD is an orthopaedic resident at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. A California native, Dr. Nunziato completed medical school at the University of Vermont and received an undergraduate degree from Yale. Dr. Nunziato is a Lieutenant in the United States Navy Reserves. TOA asked Dr. Nunziato to testify before the Texas Legislature…

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There Is a Correct Way to Address Surprise Billing

July 15, 2019

The 2019 Texas Legislature followed the lead of the New York Legislature by addressing surprise bills through an arbitration process that takes patients out of the middle by giving physicians an opportunity to challenge out-of-network payments made by commercial health insurance plans through an arbitration process. The New York system has worked. Click here to learn…

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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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Prescription Monitoring Program

July 10, 2019

The prescription monitoring program (PMP) is an important tool for physicians and pharmacists to deter some forms of “doctor shopping” for the illegal or inappropriate use of prescription drugs. TOA worked with lawmakers in the 2019 Texas Legislature to: Secure funding for the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSPB) to acquire licenses so that the…

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TOA Supports HB 3284 

June 5, 2019

The Texas Orthopaedic Association (TOA) recently offered its support for HB 3284, which passed out of the 2019 Texas Legislature. The bill, which is authored by Rep. JD Sheffield, DO and Sen. Jane Nelson, would delay the state’s prescription monitoring program (PMP) mandate by several months to ensure that physicians’ electronic health record (EHR) programs…

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Texas Orthopaedic Surgeons Visit the Texas Congressional Delegation

June 3, 2019

Over a dozen Texas orthopaedic surgeons will visit Capitol Hill on June 6 to discuss issues related to out-of-network balance billing, hospital monopolies, and antitrust regulations related to commercial health insurance plans. The orthopaedic surgeons will discuss initiatives that can lower health care costs for patients. The Texas Orthopaedic Association (TOA) will sponsor four orthopaedic…

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Musculoskeletal Injuries & the Scooter Experience in Austin

May 14, 2019

TOA recently sat down with Austin orthopaedic surgeon Austin Hill, MD, MPH of the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas to discuss the orthopaedic trauma department’s experience with scooter injuries in Austin. TOA: What were your thoughts when the scooters first went live and you first started seeing injuries? Austin Hill: The first…

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