Standing Up for Texas Doctors

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TMA Opposes Nurse Practitioners PlanProposed new rules regulating the scope of practice of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) would illegally allow APRNs to make medical diagnoses, and the proposed rules ignore key tenets of a new state law, TMA and nine other state medical societies wrote in a formal comment letter to the Texas State Board of Nursing.

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Enlist Now to Serve Our VeteransHere's your chance to join with other Texas physicians to provide medical care to veterans caught in a scandal-plagued and overloaded system. TMA is creating a registry of private physicians across the state who would be willing to see veterans in their offices. TMA will share the registry with community groups that work with Texas veterans and with VA facilities in Texas. (Sign up access only for TMA physician members.)
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TMA Calls for Meaningful Use MoratoriumBecause physicians "are feeling overloaded by the myriad new Stage 2 meaningful use measures imposed on them," Congress should stop Medicare from requiring any new meaningful use criteria, a TMA leader wrote in a letter to the chair of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee.
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Healthy Vision 2020TMA Board of Trustees releases strategic roadmap for TMA's state and federal advocacy initiatives for the remainer of the decade. What do you think? Are these your priorities?

Timely Practice Topic: Technology

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Technology Resources from TMADoes your EHR meet stage two meaningful use requirements? Is your practice HIPAA-compliant? Do you have a plan for patient engagement? The tools and information provided in the HIT Resource Center can help you address these and other questions, so you’re better able to navigate the challenge of integrating technology into your practice.
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EHR Implementation GuideSuccessfully implementing health information technology into a practice can yield improvements in both quality of patient care and practice profitability. TMA's EHR Implementation Guide provides a nontechnical view of the steps for the successful introduction of HIT, emphasizing the needs of smaller practices. This is free to physicians through support from The Physicians Foundation.
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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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Technology Education To GoAccess the latest CME on HIPAA security, meaningful use, and mobile technologies for your practice in the TMA Education Center. All courses are on-demand and at your fingertips. TMA members: sign in to receive exclusive discounted rates.

The Information Texas Doctors Need

  • 7 Employment Tips

    A good contract by definition is one that is fair and reasonable and is a win-win situation for everyone involved. But how do physicians ensure they are getting a good contract before agreeing to work for a hospital or group practice? Health care attorney Norman Jeddeloh shared these seven essential pointers at the American Medical Association 2014 Annual Meeting: 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

    Free Bike Helmets for Pediatricians, Family Physicians

    The Texas Pediatric Society and Texas Academy of Family Physicians support TMA's Hard Hats for Little Heads program by purchasing up to 50 helmets for their members to host helmet giveaway events. TMA matches the purchase, so TAFP and TPS members receive up to 100 helmets at no cost for their giveaways.

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Education & Events

  • LIVE WEBINAR: EFFECTIVE COLLECTIONS TECHNIQUES

    July 30 — Noon-1 pm
    Many physicians — and their staff — simply don't feel comfortable asking patients for money. Learn how to conquer the dread of asking for payment: by doing it the right way.

  • Publication

    EHR Implementation Guide
    Successfully implementing HIT into a practice can improve both quality of patient care and practice profitability. Our implementation guide offers a nontechnical view of the steps to the successful introduction of HIT with an emphasis on the needs of smaller practices. This updated publication will walk you through the process of acquiring and learning to use HIT.

  • TMA 2014 Fall Conference

    Sept. 12-13 — Bastrop
    Join your colleagues for the 2014 Fall Conference at Hyatt Lost Pines, 30 minutes outside of downtown Austin. The TMA Fall Conference provides an opportunity for physicians to conduct TMA business, obtain CME and network with peers. Register today. Don’t miss out!