Our Mission and Vision
The Tennessee Medical Association is a professional organization for doctors dedicated to protecting the health interests of patients and enhancing the effectiveness of physicians throughout the state by defining and promoting:
- Quality, safe and effective medical care;
- Public policy to protect the sanctity of the physician-patient relationship, improve access to and the affordability of quality medical services;
- Ethics and competence in medical education and practice; and
- Open communication between the medical profession and the public, fostering a better understanding of the capacities of medical practice.
In 1830, a small group of physicians convened in Nashville, Tennessee to organize the Medical Society of Tennessee hoping to ensure and advocate for good, proper medicine for the people of Tennessee. From that initial meeting of the Association’s 151 charter members, the Tennessee Medical Association has grown to represent and serve physicians and patients across the state. Today, organized medicine has a strong voice in the Tennessee legislature, with our state’s health insurance companies and among the patients we proudly serve.
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Board of Trustees
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- Enhance and market the Value Proposition (2010)
Enhance our capabilities to exclusively market our enhanced value proposition (benefits and services) to stop the decline in membership. A critical element to our ability to do this is the re-invention of TMA Physician Services (2010), more direct sales impressions and more effective communications to members and non-members. We need to have excellent strategies in operation to reach the employed and young physicians and continually engage members in our advocacy programs and decision-making processes.
- Electronic Health Records and Meaningful Use (2011)
The most pressing issue facing medical practices will be the pressure to implement EHRs and meet the meaningful use criteria. The TMA has to have in place resources to help our members.
- Develop and share the expertise needed to stay current with Healthcare Systems Reform with immediate focus on Health Insurance Exchanges (2011)
The TMA needs to be the resource for Tennessee physicians on HSR. While Washington is still considering much of the Affordable Care Act, much progress is being made with Health Insurance Exchanges. The TMA needs to be involved and vocal in the development of exchanges to ensure that plans are designed to improve coverage for patients without adding additional hassle or costs to medical practices.
- Upholding Clinical Care Standards (2012)
As delivery models continue to materialize, the TMA needs to provide resources and analysis to members. Team delivery models and the expansion of physician extenders are current areas of need. As medicine faces more demands for service matched against a healthcare manpower shortage, we need to help our members prepare to adapt to new concepts for managing and delivering patient care. As the responsibility for that care is becoming increasingly shared, the TMA needs to be the leader to upholding clinical standards for patient care, quality and safety.
- Improve professional relations with Tennessee hospitals (2011)
Efforts to work closer with Tennessee hospitals will be more productive to our overall goals in the near term. While work has begun with THA, the TMA needs to initiate more activities to improve relations with the a medical specialty associations and allied health professions.
- Increase the TMA’s role in Public Health. (2011)
Build off of our founding principle that “the wellness and prosperity of a society is directly relational to the health of its citizens” and by building and broadening its leadership role in public health, the TMA can enhance its public perception (2010).
- Align TMA resources (2012)
Complete an analysis of where we are placing our resources in comparison to the goals of the Strategic Plan, and put into place evaluative procedures to ensure we are making best use of all our resources and that we are adequately supporting our goals.
- Improve the TMA’s structure and governance (2010)
Evaluate all phases of our governance and structure to ensure we are designed to achieve our goals effectively and efficiently, and create momentum by eliminating obstacles.
Click the link below to access our current TMA Policy Manual. This manual contain current policies of the association as adopted by our House of Delegates over the last seven years. If you have questions about our policy-setting procedures or specific policy, please contact our staff at 800-659-1862 or send us an email.
Policy ManualDownload PDF
Position Statement on Health System ReformDownload PDF
Annual ReportDownload our 2012 Annual Report