Michael Burgess

Michael Burgess


Burgess introduces bill to improve Medicare osteoporosis testing


Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., along with Reps. Linda Sanchez, John B. Larson, and Marsha Blackburn today, introduced H.R. 2461, the “Increasing Access to Osteoporosis Testing for Medicare Beneficiaries Act of 2015.”  This legislation establishes a business case for administering Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA) tests, a critical test for osteoporosis risk that has become too costly for many providers since 2007 reimbursement cuts.

H.R. 2461 has been endorsed by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, The International Society for Clinical Densitometry, and the National Osteoporosis Foundation. 

“This bill restores access to a vital preventative service that will dramatically reduce fracture rates and generate a substantial savings,” Rep. Burgess said.  As a physician, I know just how big a public health threat osteoporosis is because, often, patients show no symptoms until they have a fracture. It is critical we act to ensure Medicare providers stay ahead of this debilitating disease.”

Osteoporosis: A prevalent, deadly, and costly looming public health concern:
Low bone mass and osteoporosis is responsible for over two million fractures each year, with half of all women and one-fourth of all men over the age of 50 experiencing osteoporosis related fractures in their lifetime.  54 million Americans over age 50 have osteoporosis. This number is expected to increase by 27 percent by 2030.  

Since 2007 Medicare cuts, there has been a 12.9 percent decline in DXA providers and fewer providers obtaining certifications to administer DXA tests. Overall, more than one million fewer tests have been done since 2008.

A recent Mayo Clinic study shows that the hospital burden of osteoporotic fractures and hospital cost is greater than that of myocardial infarction, stroke, or breast cancer. Medicare paid $18.7 billion in 2010 for direct costs of new fractures and this number is projected to grow to over $25 billion per year by 2025. Furthermore, according to Kaiser Southern California’s Healthy Bones Program, utilization of DXA testing and treatment resulted in 37 percent fewer fractures and more than $30 million savings in a single year.
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Burgess joins bicameral coalition for fiscal responsibility, student standards at medical schools


Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., today, joined U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), as well as Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) today to introduce The Foreign Medical School Accountability Fairness Act. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation ends special treatment to a small number of medical schools in the Caribbean that, in 2012, took in more than $450 million in U.S. Department of Education Title IV funding – two-thirds of all Title IV dollars that go to foreign medical schools.  

This fix would apply the following two requirements to all medical schools outside of the U.S. and Canada: at least 60% of the enrollment must be non-U.S. citizens or permanent residents and students must have at least a 75% pass rate on the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam.  
“This is about leveling the playing field and improving student quality,” Rep. Burgess said. “If medical schools outside the U.S. are going to receive federal money, they need to meet the standards of education those taxpayer dollars were meant to fund. We must close this loophole to disallow foreign schools from accessing huge amounts of federal dollars at the expense of education and doctor quality.”

“A loophole in current law allows for-profit medical schools in the Caribbean to enroll large percentages of American students – and profit from hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars – without meeting the same quality standards of instruction as medical schools in the U.S. or the basic requirements of all other foreign medical schools,” Senator Durbin said. “Our bill to close that loophole has broad support among the U.S. medical school community and now is supported by members from both parties in both chambers.  As Congress continues work on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, I hope this bipartisan bill will be part of the discussion.”

“There are reports that some foreign medical schools inappropriately use taxpayer dollars. By fixing a loophole, we can ensure these schools are held to the same standards as every other school,” Senator Bill Cassidy M.D said. 

“I am pleased to join my colleagues in introducing this important piece of legislation that will close a loophole that has left students open to exploitation for too long,” Rep. Cummings said.  “This bill would send a clear message to unscrupulous institutions that seek to target students for their financial aid while delivering substandard outcomes. Protecting students and taxpayer dollars is a bipartisan issue and Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle will not stand for substandard results.”

A September 2013 investigative report in Bloomberg Markets highlighted two foreign medical schools – American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) and Ross University School of Medicine – which admit hundreds of students, many of whom were rejected by U.S. medical colleges.  According to the report, students at medical schools operating outside of the United States and Canada amass more student debt than those at medical schools in the United States.  For example, graduates of the American University of the Caribbean have a median of $309,000 in federal student debt versus $180,000 for graduates of U.S. medical schools.

These foreign medical schools are also much less successful ensuring students’ progress all the way through the program.  The average attrition rate at U.S. medical schools is 3% while rates at for-profit foreign medical schools can be up to 26% or higher.  Even if students do finish at these schools, with much more debt, they often have difficulty finding a residency – mandatory for actually practicing medicine in the United States.  In 2015, foreign-trained, American graduates had a residency match rate of 53% compared to 94% of graduates of U.S. medical schools.  They are even less likely to land a residency position the second time around.
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NDAA approved by House, includes Burgess Pentagon audit amendment


The House of Representatives today, passed the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes Congressman Michael C. Burgess’ ‘audit the Pentagon’ amendment. This provision requires the Pentagon’s compliance in providing a report outlining progress toward their long-overdue external audit. 

Under current law, the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 requires federal agencies to pass an independent external audit every year. Yet, 20 years later, the Department of Defense (DOD) is the only major agency that is, according to the Government Accountability Office, not compliant with this mandate. While years ago, the DOD agreed to pass an audit by 2017, no progress has shown that to be a likelihood.

“No agency is above the law,” Rep. Burgess said. “As we continue increasing funding to ensure our national defense, we as lawmakers have a constitutional duty to monitor use of these tax dollars. It’s time for both Congress and the Pentagon to observe this responsibility and give the American people the accountability they deserve.

“I extend congratulations to Chairman Mac Thornberry, a fellow Texan, on successfully brokering the passage of his first national defense funding bill.”    

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Burgess introduces Pentagon audit NDAA amendment


Under current law, the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 requires federal agencies to pass an independent external audit every year, starting in the 1990s. Yet 20 years later, DOD is the only major agency that is, according to the Government Accountability Office, not compliant with this requirement. While DOD years ago said it would pass an audit by 2017, no progress has shown that to be a likelihood.

Congressman Michael C. Burgess today, with Congresswomen Barbara Lee and Jan Schakowsky, reintroduced their bipartisan amendment to the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), allowing Congress insight into Pentagon spending. Under the provision, the Secretary of Defense would provide Congress with rankings of their departments, in the order of most prepared. 

“As the holder of the purse, Congress has a duty to demand transparency,” Rep. Burgess said. “Our amendment will provide Congress with concrete, concise information as to how close each part of DOD is to achieving the goal. No such list currently exists and Congress to date has not required it. This amendment corrects a crucial missing puzzle piece and allows the Congress to execute a chief governmental function: oversight.” 

“Unauditable is unacceptable,” said Congresswoman Lee. “It has been more than two decades since the Pentagon was required to undergo an audit and the Pentagon is still reporting that full audit-readiness is years off. This amendment, which also passed last year, requires a ranked list of all departments and agencies by their audit-readiness status. This list will empower Congress to make decisions on next steps to ensure auditability of the Pentagon. We need greater sunlight and transparency so the American people know how their hard-earned tax dollars are being spent. It’s past time to end waste, fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars in Pentagon spending.”

Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, made the following remarks in support of the amendment: 

"All departments of the United States Government are audited--except the Pentagon.  This is not acceptable.  If the management of the Pentagon cannot pass an audit--get new management. At a time when resources are scarce it is particularly important that we audit the Pentagon to reduce waste and the costs of mismanagement. All Americans who want our nation strong and secure know that step one is to ensure that all available resources are being spent wisely.  Every wasted dollar is a cut in our preparedness. An audit is the only way to begin to know how much is misspent.”
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Burgess commends HHS HIV-positive organ donor rule


After The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a new HIV-positive organ donor final rule late last week, Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., commended the provision.  The rule, resulting from the “HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act of 2013,” will allow those infected with HIV to donate their organs to other HIV-positive patients participating in clinical research.  Rep. Burgess cosponsored the HOPE Act. 

“It is gratifying to see this lifesaving law beginning to take shape,” Rep. Burgess said.  “HIV-positive patients whose course has been complicated by liver failure will now have another option in their fight for survival. And, medical researchers have gained a tool in their search for life saving treatments.”      

The HOPE Act was strongly supported by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the Americans Society of Nephrology, HIV Medicine Association, and the American Society of Transplantation.

HHS Final Rule Summary:

This final rule amends the regulations implementing the National Organ Transplant Act of 1984, as amended, (NOTA) pursuant to statutory requirements of the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act (HOPE Act), enacted in 2013. In accordance with the mandates of the HOPE Act, this regulation removes the current regulatory provision that requires the Organ Procurement Transplantation Network (OPTN) to adopt and use standards for preventing the acquisition of organs from individuals known to be infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). 
In its place, this regulation includes new requirements that organs from individuals infected with HIV may be transplanted only into individuals who are infected with HIV before receiving such organs and who are participating in clinical research approved by an institutional review board. The only exception to this requirement of participation in such clinical research is if the Secretary publishes a determination in the future that participation in such clinical research, as a requirement for transplants of organs from individuals infected with HIV, is no longer warranted. 
In addition, this regulatory change establishes that OPTN standards must ensure that any HIV-infected transplant recipients are participating in clinical research in accordance with the research criteria to be published by the Secretary. Alternately, if and when the Secretary determines that participation in such clinical research should no longer be a requirement for transplants with organs from donors infected with HIV to individuals infected with HIV, the regulation mandates that the OPTN adopt and use standards of quality, as directed by the Secretary, consistent with the law and in a way that ensures the changes will not reduce the safety of organ transplantation.
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Burgess statement on the passing of Jim Wright


After the passing of Former House Speaker Jim Wright, who represented Fort Worth in Congress for 34 years, Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., made the following remarks: 

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of Former Speaker Wright,” Rep. Burgess said. “After having the opportunity to meet and speak with him, it was clear to me that he cared deeply about the people of Fort Worth and our surrounding communities. He will be missed.” 
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Burgess light bulb amendment included in energy appropriations bill


For the fifth consecutive year, Rep. Burgess introduced an amendment to prohibit using federal funds for the enforcement of incandescent light bulb standards.  Late Thursday night, it passed by a vote of 232-189 and was included in the fiscal 2016 Department of Energy appropriations bill. 

“I think the American people are trustworthy enough to choose which light bulbs to use in their own homes,” Rep. Burgess said.  “The light bulb mandate is a perfect example of just how far our Constitution’s commerce clause has strayed from its original purpose.  The adoption of this common-sense amendment is critical, so that the federal government doesn’t continue dictating which household products to use.”

Rep. Burgess’ amendment has been accepted for the past four years, and has been included in the annual appropriations legislation signed by President Obama each year since its first inclusion in FY12.  The measure is focused on language in the 2007 Energy Independence Security Act, which takes away consumer choice with regard to which light bulbs consumers may purchase. 

Of the 22 recorded votes Thursday night, Rep. Burgess’ amendment was the only to be adopted. 

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Burgess TROL Act approved by full committee


Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., (TX-26), Subcommittee Chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade today, praised the passage of H.R. 2045, the “Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters (TROL) Act” of 2015, through the full committee.  The bipartisan bill confronts bad faith demand letters that contain misleading information, or fail to disclose key pieces of patent information. Reps. Burgess and Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) gave the following remarks after the TROL Act’s advancement:

“Abusive patent letters unjustly threaten small business owners and drive up prices for consumers,” Rep. Burgess said. “I am pleased by the passage of this critical bill, which stops bad-faith litigators from using our courts to prey on both aspiring and accomplished entrepreneurs.  This is a necessary solution that balances first amendment rights of legitimate patent holders and filters out letters that lack legitimacy.” 

“This bill deals with one of the most pressing issues with our patent system,” Rep. Kaptur said. “A small group of bad actors have discovered that they can extract money from our nation’s independent inventors and small businesses, especially those with only one or two patents, by sending out hundreds or even thousands of erroneous patent lawsuit threats. This legislation raises the stakes for those that engage in this kind of predatory behavior and establishes a standard for enforcement across all states to protect against it."

The TROL Act was introduced by a bipartisan coalition consisting of Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade (CMT) Subcommittee Chairman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., (TX-26), CMT Subcommittee Vice-Chairman Leonard Lance (NJ-7), Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), Congressman Gregg Harper (MS-3), Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), and Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2). 
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Burgess proposes domestic prohibition of weaponized drones


Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., introduced legislation Wednesday to prohibit the domestic use of weaponized unmanned aircraft systems. H.R.1939, the “No Armed Drones Act (NADA) of 2015,” prohibits the Secretary of Transportation from authorizing the use of drones as weapons against any person or property in the national airspace. 

“American citizens – past, present, and future – should never have to face the use of military tactics by agents of our justice system,” Burgess said. “ Our founders envisioned a society where citizens would be innocent until proven guilty, and wouldn’t be treated like suspected criminals while going about their everyday lives. Arming a surveillance drone for day-to-day law enforcement purposes clearly violates those ideals of liberty and must be banned.”
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Burgess demands IRS analysis of income tax fraud


Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., today, requested that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) immediately address the recent spike in reported cases of income tax identification theft.  In a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, Rep. Burgess cited a significant rise in theft reports from his own congressional district and demanded that the IRS provide analysis on their fraud investigation procedures.

“Tax fraud is a growing problem that devastates families and places billions of taxpayer dollars into the hands of criminals,” Burgess said.  “The IRS is responsible for maintaining trustworthy stewardship of taxpayer data. If they want to rebuild public trust, the IRS must help Americans feel secure in the belief that they are safeguarding sensitive data and combating theft.”  

Income tax identification theft occurs when a thief files an income tax return using the Taxpayer Identification Number or Social Security number of a legitimate taxpayer and claims a refund based on this stolen information. 

Each year, thousands of filed claims are subject to refund fraud. Last year alone, an estimated $5.8 billion was wrongly dispersed to identity thieves during the 2013 filing year.  Also concerning, is a recently released Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report stating that the IRS took an average of 278 days to resolve fraudulently impacted accounts.  
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Denton Medicare Town Hall


Medicare Town Hall Meeting Saturday, July 10, 2004 “Please join me for my town hall meeting on the improvements to Medicare and the new prescription drug benefit and ask questions about the program.” ~Rep. Michael Burgess Denton Medicare Town Hall 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Denton Senior Center Bell Avenue Read More

Lewisville Medicare Town Hall


Medicare Town Hall Meeting Saturday, July 10, 2004 “Please join me for my town hall meeting on the improvements to Medicare and the new prescription drug benefit and ask questions about the program.” ~Rep. Michael Burgess Lewisville Medicare Town Hall 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Lewisville Community Room 1197 West Main Street Read More

Trophy Club July 4th Parade


Event: Trophy Club July 4th Parade Date: Sunday, July 4, 2004 Time: 12:00 PM CST for line-up, Parade starts at 12:30 PM CST. Place: 101 Trophy Lake Dr., Trophy Club, TX 76262 (behind Tom Thumb) Read More

The Colony 22nd Annual Independence Day Parade


Event: The Colony 22nd Annual Independence Day Parade Date: Saturday, July 3, 2004 Time: 9:30 AM-11:00 AM Place: 5151 North Colony Blvd., The Colony, TX (Little League Field) Read More

American College of Surgeons Leadership Conference


Medicare Town Hall


Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26) today announced he is hosting an information session next Monday for senior citizens residents of the 26th District to learn more about the new Medicare law and the newly-approved Prescription Drug Discount Cards that start on June 1, 2004. Joining Dr. Burgess will be Senior Policy Advisor to the Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Tim Trysla. Congressman Burgess’ Medicare Prescription Drug Discount Card Forum will be held on Monday, May 3rd from 11:00 a.m.-12 noon at the Brookside Center. The Center is located at 1244 Brookside Center in Hurst, Texas. Monday, May 3rd was the first day under the new Medicare law that seniors can begin enrolling in Medicare-approved drug discount cards. June 1st is when seniors can begin using the new cards and start saving on their prescription medications. “I am proud that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are partnering with my Congressional office for this important and informative session to help our local seniors learn more about affordable health care options under Medicare, particularly the new Medicare-approved Prescription Drug Discount Cards that hit the streets on June 1st,” Rep. Michael Burgess stated. “The more senior citizens and their families learn about the new Medicare law and its new benefits, the better off they will be in meeting their individual health care needs.” Medicare Drug Discount Card Forum Monday, May 3rd from 11 a.m.-12 noon The Brookside Center 1244 Brookside Center, Hurst, Texas Public inquiries about the forum should be directed toward Janice Zimmerman in Congressman Burgess’ Lewisville Office at (972) 434-9700. Media questions should be directed toward Michelle Stein at (202) 225-7772. Read More

Carroll Senior High School


Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center


Speak to Trinity Christian Government Class


Art Contest Reception


2004 Artistic Discovery Competition “Artistic Discovery” is the annual nationwide Congressional High School Art Competition initiated by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Each Congressional District hosts its own competition, and since the competition was first launched in 1982, over 5000 local contests have been conducted. The Twenty-Sixth District Congressional Art Competition is open to students residing and attending public and private high schools in the 26th District. The Greater Denton Arts Council will co-sponsor the exhibition. First prize in the competition is the display of the winning student’s artwork in the United States Capitol complex for an entire year. Thousands of people visiting the nation’s capitol, as well as Members of Congress and their staffs, will be able to walk through the display area, viewing artwork from Congressional districts throughout the country—each piece highlighted with the name of the work and student artist. Student artisans will have their works judged by a professional art educator chosen by the Greater Denton Arts Council. Competition participants, their parents, teachers, school administrators and local officials will be invited to attend a reception with Congressman Burgess to view all the entries on display at the Visual Arts Center in Denton. All the participants will be honored at a recognition ceremony during the reception, and the first place winner and honorable mentions will be announced. Up to six honorable mention entries will be chosen; each will be displayed in the 26th Congressional District office for the upcoming year. The first place winner and one guest will be invited to the nation’s capital in June to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony and gala reception opening the 2004 “Artistic Discovery” exhibition and honoring the winning artists from all over the country. They will be able to view their artwork, as it will be displayed for the upcoming year. The cost of the attending the ceremony is the responsibility of the competition winner. The winners will celebrate with Congressman Burgess at this reception. Read More

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Energy and Commerce


After spending nearly three decades practicing medicine in North Texas I have served the constituents of the 26th District since 2003 in the United States House of Representatives.

I currently serve on the prestigious House Energy and Commerce Committee and in the 113th Congress, 2013 and 2014, will serve as the Vice Chairman of both the Subcommittee on Health and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, and as a member of the Energy and Power Subcommittee. In addition, I am a member of the Rules Committee and the Helsinki Commission. In 2009, I founded, and currently serve as Co-Chair of the Congressional Health Caucus.

Because of my medical background, I have been a strong advocate for health care legislation aimed at reducing health care costs, improving choices, reforming liability laws to put the needs of patients first, and ensuring there are enough doctors in the public and private sector to care for America’s patients and veterans. I have played an important role in bipartisan efforts to ensure the safety of food, drugs, and consumer products, and have introduced legislation to strengthen our ability to stop dangerous products from coming into the country.

As a Member of Congress representing one of the fastest growing areas of the country, transportation is also a top priority. In 2005, I successfully amended the Highway Bill to include development credits, design-build, and environmental streamlining. During my time on Capitol Hill, I have worked to build, maintain, and improve the safety of our roads, bridges, air service, and transit in the North Texas region.

A fiscal conservative, I believe Americans deserve a federal government that is more efficient, effective, less costly, and always transparent. I follow a strict adherence to the Constitution, and oppose unnecessary expansion of the federal government’s control over Americans’ personal freedoms. Instead, I believe in giving people more control over their lives and their money.

During my time on Capitol Hill, I have earned a reputation as a problem-solver who seeks sensible solutions to the challenges Americans face and have received several awards including: the Guardian of Small Business award by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB); the Spirit of Enterprise award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and the Taxpayer Hero award from the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste; among others.

Today, I represent the majority of Denton County, and parts of Dallas County and Tarrant County. I was raised in Denton, and attended The Selwyn School, graduating in 1968 as valedictorian. In addition, I graduated with both an undergraduate and a master’s degree from North Texas State University, now the University of North Texas.

I received my M.D. from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, and completed my residency programs at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. I also received a master’s degree in Medical Management from the University of Texas at   Dallas, and in May of 2009 was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Public Service from the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center.

My wife, Laura, and I have been married for 39 years. We have three children and two grandsons.

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