Standing Up for Texas Doctors

Joe Todd at Capitol
It’s Time to Knock Out the SGR We’ve finally got Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula on the ropes. Let’s deliver the knockout punch right now. Right now — today … this weekend — is the time to strike. The basic message is this: Your representative and every other Texan in Congress have promised us they want to repeal the SGR. We expect them to make good on that promise.
Cardenas Testifying
Legislative UpdateHalfway through the 2015 session, graduate medical education funding and tax relief remain a focal point for the legislature, and the House of Medicine has made early progress on both fronts. Lawmakers heard TMA's call to reinstate the Medicaid-Medicare parity payments for primary care. TMA remains vigilant of an unprecedented attempt at scope-of-practice expansion by nurse practitioners.
Lubbock Docs in Circle at Capitol
The Truth About Balance BillingA pair of newly developed TMA resources examine how insurance plans' network designs and payment decisions are leaving many Texans with "surprise bills" for health care services. A new TMA white paper explains how insurers limit their losses at the expense of the consumer. TMA staff has also prepared a detailed spreadsheet of network information gathered from large Texas health plans .
Moy, Strate, and Klawitter at Podium
Healthy Vision 2020, Second EditionTMA Board of Trustees releases updated strategic roadmap for TMA's state and federal advocacy initiatives for the remainder of the decade. "Our government must make it easier — not more difficult — for us to care for our patients," says TMA President Austin King, MD.

Timely Practice Topic: Savings from TMA

Radiologist
Announcing ... TMA PracticeEdge

TMA PracticeEdge is a new services company developed by TMA to bring physicians the technology, expertise, and investment they need to take advantage of new health care payment models. PracticeEdge will provide Texas physicians real options to design their own future.

 

Practice Help Technology
Deals for MembersTMA membership gives you access to low- or no-cost products and services. Whether you need help setting up your practice, resolving payment issues, or want to find a reputable vendor for your practice management needs, check out these exclusive deals for members.
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Get DocBookMD - FreeDesigned by physicians, for physicians, DocbookMD is a HIPAA-secure application for both Apple and Android smartphones and tablets that allows physicians to send HIPAA-compliant messages bundled with photos of x-rays, EKGs, wounds, and more just as if they were sending a text. The app is free for TMA members, so download it today!
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Ask the TMA Knowledge CenterLooking for information about how to handle medical records, Medicare participation options, or new provisions in the ACA? The TMA Knowledge Center can help! Your membership provides you access to thousands of resources and publications, an extensive compilation of FAQs, as well as knowledgeable staff who can address your pressing questions or concerns.

The Information Texas Doctors Need

  • Hydrocodone Switch

    We answer your frequently asked questions. On Oct. 6, 2014, the US Drug Enforcement Administration reclassified drugs that contain hydrocodone combinations from Schedule III to Schedule II. What does it mean for you and your patients? READ MORE
  • Our Fearless Leader

    TMA President Austin King, MD, is traveling the state to stand up for medicine. Let him know what you think -- or watch the video of his installation address -- on the President's Page. READ MORE
  • Deadlines for Doctors

    Between caring for patients, insurance company demands, government regulations, and the latest medical technology, there are never enough hours in a day. That's why TMA developed Deadlines for Doctors, a tool giving you and your staff a big-picture view of upcoming state and federal compliance timelines and key health policy issues that impact Texas physicians. READ MORE
  • In the Spotlight

    Toolkit for Physicians Facing Medical Audits

    A pair of upcoming webinars from the Physicians Advocacy Institute show you how to survive a medical audit and offer tips on preventing an audit in the first place. READ MORE

Education & Events

  • First Tuesdays at the Capitol

    April 7 - May 5
    First Tuesdays at the Capitol returns, and the Family of Medicine needs YOU! The "White Coat Invasion" has been the key to physicians' successes in the Texas Legislature for more than a decade. Register today.

  • TexMed 2015

    May 1-2 — Austin
    "Advocate. Educate. Collaborate"
    TexMed is TMA's premier educational showcase and expo that gathers more than 1,500 Texas physicians, medical students and medical office staff in one place over two days.

  • GET SOCIAL

    New TMA Publication
    Put your practice on the social media map with TMA's new publication. It's "a hip, empowering guide for the not-so-hip doctor." Learn about branding, online ratings, and how to use social media without violating HIPAA. Unfold the map and get started!

  • ICD-10 Seminar

    March 3-26 – Statewide
    Will You Just Survive, or Will You Thrive? How ready are you to make the switch to ICD-10? Have you taken the crucial steps needed to survive? This seminar will help you restart your ICD-10 preparations.