Standing Up for Texas Doctors

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The ICD-10 Grace Period Up CloseThe ICD-10 grace period says that for one year starting Oct. 1, 2015, Medicare will not deny claims solely on the specificity of the ICD-10 diagnosis codes as long as you use a valid code from the right family of codes. TMA parses this statement for you.
Lubbock Docs in Circle at Capitol
Effective Sept. 1: Lower Taxes, Greater Plan Accountability, and MoreThis legislative session, TMA fought tirelessly to ensure physicians can continue to give their patients the best care possible. Several TMA-backed bills became law Sept. 1, including one that gives physicians a $200 annual tax cut.
Dr. Gary Floyd - photo from Jan 2011 Texas Medicine
State Not Jumping at TMA’s 1115 Waiver IdeasState Medicaid officials offered a lukewarm response to TMA's recommendations to increase physician involvement in Medicaid transformation plans, boost physicians' Medicaid payment rates, and design a privately based plan to cover more uninsured, low-income Texas adults.
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 Immediate Past President Austin King, MD.

ICD-10 Resources to Get You Ready

New Member Benefit Offers Help with ICD-10 MigrationTo help with the Oct. 1 transition to ICD-10, TMA is offering member physicians in solo practices and 100-percent physician membership groups of any size free access to a powerful new ICD-10 code search tool offered by e-MDs. A $1,250 savings for members!
Get Educated and Prepared for ICD-10Register now and secure your seat at the Essentials in ICD-10 Documentation seminar (for physicians) and the Essentials in ICD-10 Coding seminar (for your staff). Be sure to bring your ICD-10 code book.
Resource Center
Explore the TMA ICD-10 Resource CenterThe TMA ICD-10 Resource Center is your one-stop shop for ICD-10 readiness. Get the latest news, tools, resources, and education designed to get you ready for the Oct. 1 implementation.
Specialty-Specific ICD-10 Training at a DiscountSave $100 on specialty-specific ICD-10 training courses from the American Academy of Professional Coders. Use coupon code 10DOCTMA at checkout to save.

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 Tom Garcia, MD, is traveling the state to stand up for medicine. Let him know what you think 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

    Five Bill-Collecting Tips for New Practices

    Although only a small number of patients will not pay you, or will pay slowly, they can hurt your bottom line. Here are are five tips to help ensure you get paid: READ MORE

Education & Events

  • TMA Fall Conference

    Register Now
    Physicians and medical students will gather at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Sept 25-26 for TMA’s 2015 Fall Conference leadership meeting. The conference provides an opportunity for physicians to conduct TMA business, obtain CME, and network with peers.


    ICD-10 Essentials
    Statewide Aug. 4 – Sept. 16
    If you are concerned about getting paid after the Oct. 1 implementation, or just need some more training, TMA has two new seminars to get you from overwhelmed to confident. Use code EPROMO for $20 off!


    Essentials in ICD-10 Coding
    Sept. 18 and Sept. 25
    This webcast dives into the ICD-10-CM code set and delivers a deeper understanding for practice staff who touch diagnosis data – managers, billers, coders, front desk, and clinical staff. Receive detailed answers to your ICD-10 questions and gain confidence in working with these codes.


    Communicating to Improve Collections
    This publication presents proven communication and personal management skills to help physicians and staff more effectively talk with patients about their practice’s payment policies and patients’ willingness and/or ability to follow those policies.