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President's Message - November 2018
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November 2018


Gerad Troutman, MD, MBA, FACEP
President

This time of the year always feels like an interim time for TCEP, but in reality, our organization really never taps the brakes and always moves full steam ahead.

Our new executive director, Beth Brooks is settling into her role as a tremendous leader for our college. She has reached out and met with many of our current and past leaders and continues to clean up some of those simple ‘processes’ that seem mundane, but are important for our organization to run. By continuing to streamline, we make TCEP more efficient which translates to being more effective. Speaking of being effective, I am happy to announce that our physical TCEP headquarters is moving within the same downtown Austin office building that houses the Texas Medical Association as well as many other state specialty societies. Our leadership staff will just be steps from the Texas capital and share hallways with many of those where collaboration often helps us enact policy that is best for our patients.

TCEP Connect is shaping up to be an excellent meeting in Austin along with our first ever TCEP Legislative Day the Monday after Connect. We will be meeting for a legislative primer in shared space at our new office location and then walk directly to the capital and visit with our legislators! I am excited about this as we are facing more issues than ever to our practice, reimbursement, and access to emergency care.

Our government relations committee and our lobbyists have been working with members to deliver PAC contributions to legislators all across our state now that elections are done. We are anticipating this coming legislative session to potentially be very impactful to our practice. We are expecting many bills dealing with our current Tort Law and balance billing among other issues. We continue to build strategic relationships and prepare to fight for what is best for our patients and our members.

My wife and I along with fellow board member, Justin Hensley, and his wife recently went to Mexico City. We found CDMX to be a hidden gem that is less than a two hour flight from much of our state. We encountered friendly people, excellent food, great museums/culture, and all at very reasonable prices. We highly encourage you to put it on your list next time you need a wellness escape!

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