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.
Docs Under Siege
No Way to Treat a DoctorOur new Doctors Are Under Siege by the Federal Regulatory Barrage flyer has garnered rave reviews from physicians around the country for accurately portraying the weight of federal demands on a practice today. Please download it, print it out, and share it with your patients and friends in high places.
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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.

Timely Practice Topic: Accurate & Timely Payments

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$1.3 Million RecoveredHas a payer upheld a claim denial, even after an appeal? The TMA Hassle Factor Log program is here to help, and recovered $1.3 million for Texas physicians in 2013. Participation by TMA physician members in the Hassle Factor Log Program allows us to collect, analyze, and document complaints, which enhances TMA's ability to respond to common payment problems.

 

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Billing and CodingTMA has resources and services that help you get paid what you’ve earned. Have billing or coding questions? Schedule a free half-hour consultation, or contact TMA’s certified coders at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1414 or email paymentadvocacy@texmed.org for assistance.
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Take Charge of Practice FinancesIn this tough business climate of rising costs and falling payments, two-thirds of Texas physicians report having trouble covering payroll and other practice expenses because of slow pay, low pay, or no pay from insurers and government payers. CME from TMA can help you learn how to collect every payment you are due.
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Return on Your Dues InvestmentEnsure your dollars go as far as they can; take advantage of your TMA member benefits. TMA and your county society know just how difficult it is to practice medicine in today’s chaotic health care environment. That's why we offer valuable legal and legislative advocacy, as well as practical help and information. Just how valuable is your dues investment? Check it out for yourself!

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

    Nov. 13 New Meaningful Use Deadline

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced it has extended the deadline to submit a hardship exemption application to Nov. 30, 2014. The previous deadline was July 1, 2014. This will help some physicians avoid the looming penalty in 2015. READ MORE

Education & Events

  • BUSINESS BOOT CAMP: TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR FINANCES

    Oct. 7 - Nov. 12, Statewide
    Take charge of your practice finances at TMA’s newest live seminar series. Passive financial management can rob you of the resources you need to care for your patients. Manage finances proactively to secure your future! Can't make it in person? Catch our Nov. 4 webcast.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!