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TOA is the Voice of Orthopaedics in Texas!

2019 Texas Legislature
TOA is working on dozens of issues in the 2019 Texas Legislature that affect musculoskeletal care for Texas patients. Click here to learn more.

 

TOA: The Voice of Orthopaedic Surgeons
TOA serves as the stakeholder voice for Texas orthopaedic surgeons.  Click here to learn more.

AAOS Board of Councilors
Five Texas orthopaedic surgeons represent our grassroots voice.  Click here to learn more.

 

 

Why Engage?
Laws and regulations touch every aspect of an orthopaedic practice. Therefore, orthopaedic surgeons have no choice but to engage in the public policy process.  Click here to learn more.

Affordable Care Act
Click here to learn more about the Affordable Care Act.

 

 

 

Allied Health Providers
Physician assistants, physical therapists, athletic trainers, orthotists, and more. Click here to learn more.

 

Ambulatory Surgery Centers
ASCs provide safe and same-day care in patients’ communities. Click here to learn more.

 

Ancillary Services
Imaging, braces, and laboratory tests are some of the ancillary services that play an important role in delivering musculoskeletal care.  Click here to learn more about the public policy issues that affect ancillary services.

Bundled Payments
Orthopaedic surgeons lead every aspect of patient’s episode of care in Medicare’s bundled payment models. Click here to learn more.

Commercial Insurance
Click here for an overview of TOA’s work in the 2019 Texas Legislature. TOA members can click here to learn about the new balance billing law, prior authorization transparency, and other provisions passed by the 2019 Texas Legislature.  Click here to learn more about the correct way to address surprise billing and out-of-network payments.

 

Informed Consent
The Texas Medical Disclosure Panel periodically updates the required disclosure of risks and hazards for certain procedures. Click here to learn more.

Medicaid
Click here to learn more about Medicaid and orthopaedics.

 

 

 

Medicare
Medicare’s annual rule proposals for payment policies have a significant effect on how orthopaedic care is delivered in the United States. Click here to learn more.

Patient Reported Outcomes
The primary function of musculoskeletal care is to enhance mobility and decrease pain. For an increasing number of orthopaedic surgeons, patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) represent the best tool available to determine whether a musculoskeletal service is successful. Click here to learn more.

 

Physician-Owned Hospitals
Physician-owned hospitals are innovative facilities that put physicians in control of a hospital’s operations. Click here to learn more.

 

Prescription Drugs and Biologics
TOA members can click here to follow prescription drug issues.  TOA is responding to the opioid epidemic. Click here to learn more.  Click here to view TOA’s recommendations for making opioids safer for Texans.

 

Public Health
Scoliosis is one of the many public health issues related to musculoskeletal care that TOA addresses. Click here to learn more.

Scope of Practice
Some scope of practice expansions by non-physicians are inappropriate and do not protect patients. Click here to learn more.

Sports Medicine
From rodeo to ballet to football, orthopaedic surgeons serve as the team physicians for our favorite athletic teams. Click here to learn more.

 

Trauma
The Texas Department of State Health Services is in the process of re-writing its trauma rules in 2019 and 2020. Click here to learn more.

 

Workers’ Compensation
It is critical to ensure that injured workers receive the best care possible, and it is only possible through a strong network of orthopaedic surgeons. Click here to learn more.