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TMA Launches Physician Services Organization For Patient Care

AUSTIN, Texas, May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Texas' premier physician associations today announced the establishment of an organization to deliver doctors the survival tools they need to provide demonstrably better and more efficient patient care and compete in today's health care marketplace.

"I am confident the Physician Services Organization for Patient Care will save local practices," said Stephen L. Brotherton, MD, president of the Texas Medical Association (TMA). " Texas doctors are determined to make health care better and more affordable for Texans.

"To do that, we need to shift the balance of power away from the government and the large hospital systems, and back to the patients and their physicians."

In addition to TMA, the Dallas County Medical Society (DCMS) and Harris County Medical Society (HCMS) are key members of the Physician Services Organization for Patient Care. The center will bring in new and existing physician groups, health plans, and technology vendors as needed to test and develop effective new care models.

"The health care landscape is changing dramatically for solo physicians to large group practices," said DCMS President Cynthia Sherry, MD. "This new organization will help all types of physicians deal with this great change. DCMS is proud to partner with TMA to provide these essential tools to physicians. Together we will help physicians meet quality benchmarks for patient care, leverage information technology, and compete successfully in changing financial models. The real winners will be patients."

"The Physician Services Organization for Patient Care will provide services to help physicians navigate the changing health care delivery system," said HCMS President Russell W. H. Kridel. "The best use of a physician's time is in directly taking care of the patient one on one, not in dealing with red tape, reporting measures, and compliance regulations. This is exactly what is needed to maintain the sacred patient-physician relationship. It's very exciting to see new innovative projects like this that can help physicians spend more time with their patients."

The organization will offer services that bolster physicians' clinical and financial autonomy, tailored to a practice's current level of sophistication. A key element will be providing physicians easy access to data to measure and improve their clinical performance and their financial viability.

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