Congratulations are in order for Texas Orthopedics Dr. Marc DeHart who was recently appointed the 2014 President of the Texas Orthopaedic Association (TOA). TOArepresents all orthopedic surgeons in Texas and helps coordinate efforts between lawmakers, insurance companies, ancillary service providers and our patients.
“Our goal is to try to keep Texans functional and as pain free as possible and maintain their access to doctors, hospitals and other health service sources that provide services that improve their health,” explained Dr. DeHart. “Our state, like the rest of the country, is facing significant challenges in how we provide and use the care options that exist.I see the role of the TOA as key in helping to guide continuing improvements for Texans who need musculoskeletal care.”
Dr. DeHart has been involved in organized medicine since medical school. Having a Texas Orthopedics surgeon intimately involved in the Texas Orthopaedic Association benefits our patients because he’s actively working as a team to improve how government, insurance companies, medical groups and individual physicians work together.
“It’s flattering to be selected to serve, but also a great responsibility to provide guidance that helps creates policies that don’t waste our patient’s hard earned money,” said Dr. DeHart.“I’m fortunate to work in a group that allows its members to dedicate time away from the practice to help government support quality medical practice.Working with government can be frustrating and slow– the politicians have so many issues they are juggling – it is hard to get them to focus and really commit to solving the problems that both patients and doctors face.In the end, it’s all about trying to take better care of our patients.”
Dr. DeHart will fill the role of president for one year.