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Texas Orthopaedic Association

TOA Advocacy



TOA is the Voice of Orthopaedics in Texas

Few other medical specialties face as many public policy challenges as orthopaedics. TOA is the only organization focused completely on legislative and regulatory issues for orthopaedics in Texas.


We are involved in numerous issues, including:


Affordable Care Act


Allied Health Provider


Commercial Insurance


Facilities (Hospitals & ASCs)





Medicare Payment Rules


Physician Ownership


Practice Managment


Prescription Drugs


Public Health


Quality Outcomes


Scope of Practice


Spinal Screening


Sports Medicine


Texas Orthopaedic PAC


TOA Comments on Physician-Owned Hospitals - January 24, 2018


Workers' Compensation



CMS Asks for Comments on Physician-owned Hospitals

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) asked for comments regarding POHs in the proposed rule for inpatient hospital payments for 2018. CMS's comments stated:


"We are seeking public comments on the appropriate role of physician-owned hospitals in the delivery system. We are also seeking public comments on how the current scope and restrictions on physician-owned hospitals affects healthcare delivery. In particular, we are interested in comments on the impact on Medicare beneficiaries."


The Texas Orthopaedic Association and American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons will be advocating on behalf of physician-owned hospitals at the April 2017 National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference in Washington, DC.


TOA's Summary of the 84th Texas Legislature

The 84th Texas Legislature concluded on June 1st, and TOA was engaged in over a dozen issues that affected musculoskeletal health.


The various issues included allied health provider scope expansions, pharmaceutical issues (compound pharmacy ownership transparency and Schedule II prescribing changes), sports medicine, commercial insurance, Medicaid, and more.


TOA members are encouraged to read the June 12, 2015 TOA eConnect to read a full analysis about how the 84th Legislature affected orthopaedics in Texas and TOA's efforts.

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