Standing Up for Texas Doctors

Dan McCoy - Medicare Meltdown News Conference
Victory! Congress Finally Repeals SGR“An immense weight has been lifted from the shoulders of American medicine," TMA President Austin King, MD, said after the U.S. Senate voted 92-8 to repeal the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate formula. The move follows overwhelming approval in the House in late March and also averts a slated 21-percent cut in physicians' Medicare payments.
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State Budget Negotiations BeginEvery legislative session, in the process of writing a two-year state budget, the Texas Senate and House of Representatives each craft their own version of the spending plan. The work of reconciling the differences between the House and Senate budgets falls to a 10-person conference committee appointed by the lieutenant governor and speaker of the House. The 2015 Texas Legislature reached that milestone for House Bill 1, this session’s budget bill, on April 23.
Lubbock Docs in Circle at Capitol
The Truth About Balance BillingTwo new TMA resources examine how insurance plans' network designs and payment decisions are leaving many Texans with "surprise bills" for health care services. A TMA white paper explains how insurers limit their losses at the expense of the consumer. We have also prepared detailed spreadsheets of network information gathered from large Texas health plans.
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.

Timely Practice Topic: Savings from TMA

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Announcing ... TMA PracticeEdge

TMA PracticeEdge is a new services company developed by TMA to bring physicians the technology, expertise, and investment they need to take advantage of new health care payment models. PracticeEdge will provide Texas physicians real options to design their own future.

 

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

    TMA Releases Meaningful Use Toolkit

    Stage 2 meaningful use requires physicians to meet and attest to all 17 core objectives and three of the six menu criteria, and report on Clinical Quality Measures. Our new toolkit helps. READ MORE

Education & Events

  • TexMed 2015

    May 1-2 — Austin
    "Advocate. Educate. Collaborate"
    TexMed is TMA's premier educational showcase and expo that gathers more than 1,500 Texas physicians, medical students and medical office staff in one place over two days.

  • First Tuesdays at the Capitol

    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.

  • New TMA Publication

    Got questions? We've got answers.
    Pulled from the TMA Knowledge Center’s decades of experience fielding TMA members’ questions, these answers provide essential information about topics common to practices across the state. Plus - earn CME!

  • Commit to Compliance Seminar

    May 8 – Austin
    Does your practice’s regulatory compliance exist only in your head? Is it in a book that sits on shelf, gathering dust? Join us for this one-day-only seminar to learn the core elements of a formal, written compliance plan.