Standing Up for Texas Doctors

Lubbock Docs in Circle at Capitol
Medicine Faces Familiar Issues at CapitolThe 2015 Legislature kicked off with many new faces, some new money, and familiar issues for the house of medicine. A wholesale change in leadership brings a new governor and lieutenant governor, and shifts in the committees presiding over many of TMA's issues. This biennium also starts off with be good news for TMA's goals of boosting funding for GME and women's and mental health care services.
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Measles Outbreak Surges to Triple DigitsThe first measles outbreak of 2015 has grown to 121 cases in 17 states, according to the CDC, with most of those cases associated with a large, ongoing outbreak linked to an amusement park in California. The CDC notes that the majority of those infected with measles in this outbreak were unvaccinated. The one measles case reported in Texas so far this year was not linked to the California outbreak.
Joe Todd at Capitol
Save the Date for First TuesdaysFirst Tuesdays at the Capitol returns next month, and the Family of Medicine needs you to be there. Our influence is so much greater when physicians and alliance members arrive en masse in the House and Senate galleries. It's time again to bring out Texas medicine's strongest weapon. Mark your calendar and register today: March 3, April 7, and May 5.
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

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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

    Hard Hats for Little Heads: The Next 200,000

    TMA's Hard Hats for Little Heads bike helmet giveaway program reached a huge milestone in 2014 — giving away its 200,000th helmet. Keep the momentum going with three great opportunities for a helmet giveaway: Brain Injury Awareness Month in March, Texas Child Safety Month in April, and Bike Month in May. READ MORE

Education & Events

  • First Tuesdays at the Capitol

    March 3 - 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!

  • Medicare 2015 Seminar

    Feb. 3 – Feb. 25 – Statewide
    In March 2014, Congress extended the ubiquitous Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) patch until March 31, 2015. Now 2015 brings a direct and lasting impact on Medicare physicians’ day-to-day operations: Value-based purchasing for some practices will begin, and there is no turning back. Use code EPROMO to receive an additional $20 off.