HCMS Delegation to the TMA House of Delegates - 2017

TMA House of Delegates
    The Texas Medical Association (TMA) House of Delegates (HOD) is the legislative and policymaking body for the association. It is made up of over 500 elected members who serve as delegates, alternate delegates or ex officio members. The HOD meets annually during TexMed, TMA's educational showcase and expo, which is held in April or May, rotating among the large cities around the state. In 2017, the HOD meets in Houston on Friday-Saturday mornings, May 5-6. For more info, please refer to TMA's House of Delegates Guide and How the HOD Functions.

HCMS Delegation - Info and Local Evening Meetings
    Serving on the Harris (HCMS) Delegation to the TMA House of Delegates carries with it the responsibility of representing the physicians of Harris County, and it also provides an opportunity to influence the policies of organized medicine. Each year, our delegation holds two evening business meetings prior to the TMA HOD annual session. All delegation members - delegates, alternate delegates and ex officio members - are welcome to participate in the discussion. For more on the Responsibilities of a 2017 Delegation Member...
    On Monday evening, Feb 27, at our First Business Meeting, we will consider the resolutions submitted by HCMS members. Just before the start of the business meeting, we will have a brief Orientation for our new delegation members to learn more about the processes and to ask questions.
    On Wednesday evening, April 26, we will hold Review Teams Meetings to consider, from the TMA HOD Handbook, the action reports (from TMA boards, councils, committees) and the resolutions that have been submitted to TMA by other county medical societies, individuals and TMA sections. These Review Teams correspond to the four TMA Reference Committees. Each Review Team makes recommendations on the action reports and resolutions from its section of the Handbook as to whether our delegation should support, refer, amend or oppose. All delegation members are encouraged to sign up for a Review Team and join in the discussion. For more info on TMA Reference Committees and HCMS Review Teams and the types of issues considered... 
    Immediately following the review teams meetings, we will hold our Final Business Meeting to hear the review teams' recommendations and discuss the candidates running for TMA elected offices.
    The TMA HOD Handbook items that will be discussed at our April 26 meetings will be available for download in early/mid-April on the TMA HOD Web page.
Location - John P. McGovern Bldg (The Health Museum), 1515 Hermann Dr, Houston, 77004. Maps/parking info...
Parking - Either in The Health Museum underground garage or surface lot, both accessed off of Hermann Dr.
Catering - A light self-serve buffet is provided.
Attire - Dress is business or business casual. 
Schedule - The 2017 meeting schedule of the HCMS Delegation and TMA HOD:
— Orientation meeting for new Alternates - Monday, February 27,  6:00-6:45 pm - 1515 Hermann Dr
— First Business meeting - Monday, February 27,  6:45-approx 8:45 pm - 1515 Hermann Dr
— Review Teams meetings - Wednesday, April 26,  5:45-6:45 pm - 1515 Hermann Dr
— Final Business meeting - Wednesday, April 26,  6:45-approx 8:45 pm - 1515 Hermann Dr

    One way to implement an idea or change current TMA policy is to present a recommendation in the form of a resolution. A delegation member may submit a resolution prior to our submission deadline (see note below) to be considered by the HCMS Delegation at our First Business Meeting in February. If the HCMS Delegation agrees with the resolution, then HCMS staff submits it to TMA, as coming from our delegation, and it is included in the TMA HOD Handbook. A Delegate also may submit a resolution as an individual directly to TMA HOD staff prior to TMA's submission deadline. Individual resolutions are also included in the TMA HOD Handbook.
    For guidance in developing a resolution, see How to Write a Resolution, that includes example resolutions from a past session. If you are submitting a resolution, please include any current TMA policy that would be relevant to the issue. Current TMA policy is located in the TMA Policy Index, listed by topic and includes hotlinks, or by using the TMA Policy Search feature.  If American Medical Association (AMA) policy is referenced or if a "resolve" recommends taking the resolution to AMA, please also include any relevant AMA policy. Current AMA policy is found in the AMA PolicyFinder, either by using a simple search or clicking on the 'advanced search' button that brings up a list of topics.
    Please note: The time to submit a resolution to HCMS has now ended. The resolutions that have already been received will be considered by the HCMS Delegation at our first business meeting. However, a voting member of the House of Delegates may still submit a resolution as an individual directly to TMA HOD staff until TMA's submission deadline. Please see the Speakers' Letter (page 3) for TMA resolution info.

TexMed2017 - TMA House of Delegates Meetings - Friday & Saturday mornings, May 5-6, 2017
    The annual session of the TMA House of Delegates will be held during TexMed2017 in Houston on Friday and Saturday mornings, May 5-6, at the George R. Brown (GRB) Convention Center and the new Marriott Marquis, connected by sky bridge to the GRB. Generally, TMA HOD meetings begin early morning and end around Noon.
    For more about the annual session, please refer to the TMA Speakers' Letter. For other TexMed events and activities, see the advance program. The link to register (free), info on keynote speakers, the TMA Foundation Annual Gala (tickets required), CME opportunities, other business meetings, and more are being posted on TMA's TexMed Web page.
    By early-April, TMA will begin to post the reports and resolutions from the TMA HOD Handbook on the TMA HOD Web page.
Registration - Registration for TexMed is free and may be done either online or by downloading the form. Be sure to mark the box indicating that you will be attending the House of Delegates sessions. 
Locations -
— House of Delegates sessions - GRB Convention Center, Level 3, Exhibit Hall A3/B3, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston, 77010
— Reference Committee meetings - Marriott Marquis, Level 2, 1777 Walker St, Houston, 77010 (connected via sky bridge to GRB Level 2)
Parking - For a map/parking info for the GRB Convention Center. The GRB also has addt'l maps/parking/directions info.
Catering - Friday morning-continental breakfast is available; Early Saturday morning-a breakfast buffet is provided at Breakfast Caucus; Friday and Saturday Noon-free lunch provided. 
Attire - Dress is business or business casual; we recommend bringing a jacket or wrap.
Schedule -
— Opening Session of the HOD - Friday, May 5,  8:00-approx 9:30 am - GRB Conv Ctr, Level 3, Exhibit Hall A3/B3
— TMA Reference Committee meetings - Friday, May 5,  approx 9:45 am - Noon - Marriott Marquis, Level 2
— Breakfast Caucus meeting - Saturday, May 6,  6:30-8:00 am - GRB Conv Ctr, Level 3
— Regular Session of the HOD - Saturday, May 6,  8:30 am-Noon - GRB Conv Ctr, Level 3, Exhibit Hall

Information on Past Sessions
2016 House of Delegates Actions
To view the issues that were considered during the 2016 annual session of the TMA House of Delegates, please see the Summary of HOD Actions-TexMed2016 and the status of the resolutions submitted by the 2016 HCMS Delegation.
The TMA Audit Trail Library provides a compilation of Audit Trails going back to 2007.

For more information 
If you have questions, would like more information, or have an interest in the Delegation, please contact HCMS staff: Alison Rutland, HCMS offices: 713-524-4267, ext. 219.