Standing Up for Texas Doctors

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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: Feb. 3, March 3, April 7, and May 5.
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Gaps in ACA Implementation Leave More than 1 Million Texans UninsuredTexas is one of about 20 states that chose not to expand Medicaid eligibility in 2014 under the ACA, leaving more than 1 million uninsured Texans. Now that several states have succeeded in finding alternative solutions to cover the working poor without expanding Medicaid, however, Texas physicians and some lawmakers are optimistic Texas, too, can develop its own unique plan to draw down the roughly $100 billion in federal funding available over 10 years.
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Physicians Volunteer to Care for Young and Old Crossing the BorderWhen U.S. Border Patrol facilities were overwhelmed with Central American refugees, state officials expressed the fear of disease outbreaks along the border. But physicians who volunteered to help treat undocumented immigrants say most of the travelers suffered little more than fatigue and mosquito bites. (From December's Texas Medicine.)
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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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20% Off CME!

Visit the TMA Education Center today to stock up on CME, and receive an additional 20 percent off of already exclusive rates for TMA members. Use coupon code NEWYEAR20. Hurry—savings end Jan. 31!

 

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

    Save 20% on TMA CME This Month

    TMA members already receive exclusive pricing on all TMA CME courses as a membership benefit, but for the entire month of January, the discounts have gotten even bigger – 20 percent bigger! READ MORE

Education & Events

  • 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!

  • TMA 2015 Winter Conference

    Jan. 30-31, 2015 — Austin
    "Leading the Way Through Crisis and Change"
    Texas physicians unite during crisis and change to improve the health of all Texans. Join the conversation and your colleagues to collaborate and learn more about the 2015 legislative session as well as changes in the health care landscape.

  • 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.

  • First Tuesdays at the Capitol

    Feb. 3 - 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.