Standing Up for Texas Doctors

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TMA-Backed Law Prompts Medicaid Red-Tape ReliefApparently, the state got the message loud and clear: Physicians and patients are overly frustrated with the myriad administrative roadblocks that came along with the expansion of Medicaid managed care in Texas. Thanks to TMA's advocacy during the 2013 legislative session and the successful passage of Senate Bill 1150, relief from Medicaid red tape may finally be in sight.
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Physicians Step Up Amid VA CrisisAs Congress and the embattled U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs work to resolve overwhelming backlogs in medical care for the nation's veterans, the Texas Medical Association and physicians across the state are enlisting to stand in the gap and help alleviate the documented access-to-care problems. From September's Texas Medicine.
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Dentists Widen Scope, Nurses Withdraw RulesThanks to opposition from TMA, the Texas Board of Nursing has withdrawn proposed rules that would have allowed advanced practice registered nurses to make medical diagnoses. But a new State Board of Dental Examiners allows dentists to screen for and treat sleep disorders.
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Healthy Vision 2020, 2nd 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: HIPAA

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HIPAA Resources from TMAWant to know the difference between HIPAA Privacy and HIPAA Security rules? Need information on how your practice should comply with privacy regulations in Texas? TMA’s HIPAA resources and information can help you identify your practice’s risks and apply the techniques you need to stay out of trouble.
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Get CompliantAn estimated 40 million to 45 million patient records have been compromised in HIPAA data breaches since 2012. TMA’s new seminar series, HIPAA Security: The Keys to Compliance, will teach participants how to avoid breaches through regular risk analyses and up-to-date company policies. Those who attend this live program will receive a coupon code for $10 off the electronic version of our new publication, HIPAA Security: Compliance and Case Studies.
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Free HIPAA-Secure Communication ToolDesigned by physicians, for physicians, DocbookMD is a HIPAA-secure application for Apple and Android smartphones and tablets that allows physicians and their care teams to send and receive HIPAA-compliant messages bundled with photos of x-rays, EKGs, wounds, and more — just as if they were sending a text. Download the app today.
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Deadlines for DoctorsGet the latest information on upcoming regulations, learn about compliance issues specific to Texas, and make a plan for keeping your practice in compliance.

The Information Texas Doctors Need

  • Hydrocodone Switch

    Over TMA’s objections, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is reclassifying drugs that contain hydrocodone combinations from Schedule III to Schedule II, effective Oct. 6. TMA has prepared a short question-and-answer document that explains exactly what the change entails, how to get official Texas Prescription Program pads, and the status of e-prescribing for Schedule II drugs. 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. See background information, regulations, penalties and incentives, and suggested steps to help you meet the compliance date. READ MORE
  • In the Spotlight

    Sept. 22 New HIPAA Deadline

    If you are a HIPAA covered entity, all of your business associate agreements must comply with the HIPAA Omnibus Rule by Sept. 22, 2014. TMA can help. READ MORE

Education & Events

  • HIPAA SECURITY: THE KEYS TO COMPLIANCE

    Sept. 9 - Oct. 1, Statewide
    TMA’s new seminar will give you an overview of the HIPAA Security compliance rules and explore techniques you can use to identify and address any HIPAA deficiencies in your practice. This is a perfect opportunity for you and your staff to jump ahead of the curve on HIPAA Security readiness.

  • PUBLICATION

    HIPAA Security
    Using practical, real-world, and relevant case studies, HIPAA Security: Compliance and Case Studies explains how to develop your plan to avoid penalties and other costly mistakes.

  • Healthy Physicians: Healthy Patients

    Sept. 27 — El Paso
    Learn methods to stimulate personal growth and wellness; incorporate mindfulness behaviors and ethics into daily life; integrate resilience and coping strategies; and assimilate learned changes to improve patient outcomes.

  • Physician Well-Being for Life

    Oct. 24-25 — Dallas
    This activity offers strategies to physicians for being resilient and how to avoid or address health conditions that may compromise quality of care provided to patients.