Standing Up for Texas Doctors

Lubbock Docs in Circle at Capitol
Grassroots Physicians Spur TMA's Legislative WinsIn a 2015 legislative session marked by new state leadership, new money, and big shifts in how Texas' major health care agencies oversee care delivery, the House of Medicine remained as steady as ever in its mission to ensure physicians can give their patients the best care possible. That resolve paid off in significant victories.
Cardenas Testifying
Victory! Controlled Substances Registration EliminatedThanks to TMA advocacy, the controlled substances registration permit program will be eliminated, effective Sept. 1, 2016. Senate Bill 195 also moves the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program from the Department of Public Safety to the State Board of Pharmacy and broadens physicians' authority to delegate who can access the information.
Docs Under Siege
TMA and Others Seek ICD-10 Grace PeriodPhysician leaders from three states have joined TMA in asking the federal government to help doctors dodge disaster by adopting a two-year, penalty-free grace period to shift to the new ICD-10 medical billing and coding system.
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.

Explore Three Top Member Benefits

Radiologist
Get the Most Out of Your MembershipTMA offers members a wealth of exclusive benefits from practice consulting and advocacy to numerous tools and services. Click the tabs above to learn more about three of our top members-only benefits.
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Top Benefit #1: TMA Knowledge CenterThe Knowledge Center offers access to thousands of resources and publications, an extensive compilation of answers to your burning questions, as well as knowledgeable staff available to address questions or concerns via phone or email. Our experts have answered 4,427 member inquiries already this year.
Practice Help Technology
Top Benefit #2: Hassle Factor LogLet TMA help you recover money from incorrectly processed claims, revive lost and delayed Medicare enrollment applications, and more. TMA recovered more than $1.6 million for members using the Hassle Factor Log in 2014.
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Top Benefit #3: TMA Education CenterThe Education Center offers members convenient, on-demand access to more than 100 quality CME courses and programming. TMA members and their staff also enjoy discounts on all CME. TMA has awarded more than 80,000 CME credits to Texas physicians, and counting.

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

    State Warns of Cyclospora

    The Texas Department of State Health Services issued a health advisory encouraging physicians to test patients for Cyclospora if they have diarrheal illness lasting more than a few days or diarrhea accompanied by severe anorexia or fatigue. READ MORE

Education & Events

  • NEW ICD-10 SEMINAR FOR PHYSICIANS

    Essentials in ICD-10 Documentation
    Statewide Aug. 4 – Sept. 16
    Accurate coding and billing depend on accurate and comprehensive physician documentation. Does your documentation support the right ICD-10 code? Use code EPROMO for $20 off!

  • NEW ICD-10 SEMINAR FOR STAFF

    Essentials in ICD-10 Coding
    Statewide Aug. 4 – Sept. 16
    The Oct. 1 deadline is looming. Do you want to get paid? Do you know the essentials for ICD-10 coding? Don't miss your chance to learn. Use code EPROMO for $20 off!

  • 20% Off CME

    All Mobile-Friendly CME 20% in July
    Need CME? Now's the perfect time to visit the TMA Education Center! Throughout July, take an additional 20 percent off all mobile-friendly CME courses, which can be completed anywhere, anytime, and on any device. Enter coupon code MOBILE20.

  • TMA Fall Conference

    Save the Date - Register Now
    Physicians and medical students from varying specialties 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.