Experts to Explore Transformation of Health Care System

Panels, Candidate Forum Highlight TMA Conference

  • WHAT: Top state and national physician and health care leaders, elected officials, and candidates for statewide office will gather in one place this weekend —Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) 2014 Winter Conference. State, physician, and business leaders will discuss their vision and strategies for health care delivery.TMA’s action-packed conference schedule boasts a candidate forum featuring the four Republican candidates for Texas comptroller, a Congressional update from Texas’ senior senator, a national health care update from the American Medical Association (AMA), and a panel discussion on the transformation of health care with experts from the State of Texas and the health care industry.
  • WHEN: Friday, Jan. 31, and Saturday, Feb. 1 (See schedule below.)
  • WHERE: Hyatt Regency Austin, Level 2, Texas Ballroom, 208 Barton Springs Rd.,Austin


7 pm
TEXPAC GOP Comptroller Candidate Forum
Sen. Glenn Hegar (R-Katy); Rep. Harvey Hilderbran (R-Kerrville); Debra Medina; Raul Torres
Watch live stream of candidate forum.
8:45 am
Opening Remarks
Stephen L. Brotherton, MD, TMA president
9 am U.S. Congressional Update
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas)
Watch live stream of Senator Cornyn’s remarks.
9:45 am American Medical Association Update
Introduction: Susan R. Bailey, MD, AMA Board of Trustees member and TMA past president
Speaker: Ardis Hoven, MD, AMA president
10:15 am The Transformation of Health Care
Moderator: Carlos Cardenas, MD, TMA Board of Trustees chair
Watch live stream of panel discussion.10:15 am
Trends and Challenges in the Public Health Sector
Kyle Janek, MD, Texas Health and Human Services Commission executive commissioner10:30 am
Payer Innovations for the Changing Health Care Marketplace
Bert Marshall, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas president

10:45 am
Getting There: Transforming Physician Practices
John Wallace, senior vice president Strategic Services, McKesson Business Performance Services

11 am
Physician Leadership: The Key to Successful Transformation
Palmer “Pal” Evans, MD, former senior vice president and chief medical officer, Tucson Medical Center

11:15 am
Panel Discussion/Q&A


TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 47,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 120 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.

Pam Udall (512) 370-1382; cell: (512) 413-6807; e-mail: pam.udall@texmed.orgBrent Annear (512) 370-1381; cell: (512) 656-7320;

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