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2012 ANNUAL REPORT


Protecting the profession TMA works for physicians, patients in 2012


Former TMA President C. Bruce Malone, MD, testifies at an August 2012 legislative hearing on the impact of federal health system reform on Texas physicians. He said Texas needs a Medicaid system with realistic payment rates and less stifling bureaucracy to care for low-income patients.


Some of the issues


we faced in 2012 are still with us.


National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell says his main job is to “protect the shield,” a reference to the NFL’s shield logo. By that, he means it’s his job to safeguard the league’s integrity. Likewise, the Texas Medical Association’s primary job is to protect the profession of medicine and the safety of patients who depend on physicians for their very lives. TMA did just that in 2012. Whether it was protecting the financial viability of medical practices and patients’ access to care, or protecting patients from inade- quately trained nonphysicians who want to practice medicine, TMA and its physician leaders and staff worked tirelessly to live up to the association’s mission.


May 2013 TEXAS MEDICINE 51


JIM LINCOLN


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