Standing Up for Texas Doctors

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What if Someone Walks Into My Office With Ebola?How do I protect my patients and staff if someone presents with symptoms of Ebola and similar infections? (This information, which is consistent with CDC guidelines that exist on the topic, was compiled from various multi-specialty groups in Texas.)
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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.
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Doctors Worried About Nonphysician Entities Providing Medicare Wellness VisitsTMA officials remind physicians they can provide Medicare annual and first-time "Welcome to Medicare" wellness visits to their patients and warn that nonphysician health care entities may be beating doctors to the punch, albeit legally. "Welcome to Medicare" visits occur within a patient's first 12 months of having Medicare Part B coverage.
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TMA Backs Plan to Revamp Medicaid Fraud CopsThe state's use of freezing payments to physicians suspected of possible Medicaid fraud "has gone beyond the law's intent," according to a 225-page report on the Texas Health and Human Services Commission by the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission. The report describes the HHSC Office of Inspector General as an agency with poorly trained staff and little accountability or transparency.

Timely Practice Topic: Embezzlement

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Preventing Embezzlement

Paying bills, depositing money, handling payroll, and accepting payments from patients are everyday tasks that give office managers a lot of power over your practice. Find out why it's crucial that you keep an eye on financial operations to help keep your employees honest, and how you can stop embezzlement before it starts.

 

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Trust But VerifyMedical practices are vulnerable to embezzlement because they typically are cash businesses run by a close-knit staff that the physician tends to regard as "family." You can protect your practice by following these best practices for establishing a formalized system of cash controls.
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Guard Your PracticeUse these practice resources from TMA to implement policies and procedures that can help guard your practice against employee theft.
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Embezzlement Risk ReviewMore than 80 percent of medical practices have been the victim of employee theft or embezzlement. If you are concerned about embezzlement in your practice, call on TMA staff to conduct an on-site embezzlement risk review. Contact TMA Practice Consulting by phone: (800) 523-8776 or e-mail: practice.consulting@texmed.org.

The Information Texas Doctors Need

  • Ebola in Texas

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Texas Department of State Health Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Dallas County Health and Human Services have issued numerous bulletins, guidelines, and other materials to help physicians and health care workers respond to the Ebola outbreak. We organize them for your ease of use. 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

    What's the ROI on Your TMA Dues?

    Just how valuable is your annual TMA dues investment? Find out now by using TMA's ROI calculator. READ MORE

Education & Events

  • MASTERING THE TELEPHONES IN YOUR MEDICAL PRACTICE

    New TMA Publication
    If your practice is like so many others, the telephones ring constantly. Use this book as a blueprint to measure, manage, and staff your phones for optimal performance. Improve patient access by expanding to newer technologies, minimizing the need for patients to telephone your practice.

  • Choosing Wisely

    Free CME from TMA
    Learn about ChoosingWisely® with free CME! Choosing Wisely® is an initiative of the ABIM Foundation that supports physicians' efforts to avoid unnecessary tests and procedures by delivering the right care at the right time.

  • 2014 Advocacy Retreat

    Dec. 5-6 – Austin
    The retreat will prepare TMA and state specialty societies for the thorny issues that await in the 2015 Texas Legislature and U.S. Congress. Registration is now open!

  • TMA 2015 Winter Conference

    Jan. 30-31, 2015 — Austin
    "Leading the Way Through Crisis and Change"
    Whether facing local or national issues, we unite during crisis and change to improve the health of all Texans. Join the conversation and your colleagues at the Hyatt Regency Austin to collaborate and learn more about the current legislative session as well as crisis management and changes in the health care landscape.