Standing Up for Texas Doctors

Dr. Malone at Medicare News Conference
Medicare Payment Data ReleasedOn Wednesday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) gave the public unprecedented access to physician payments and charges for services and procedures provided to Medicare beneficiaries. The CMS online database contains information on more than 880,000 physicians and other health care professionals who collectively received $77 billion in Medicare Part B payments in 2012.
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ACA Marketplace "A Mess"As the government tries to smooth out the rocky launch of the Affordable Care Act marketplace, physicians encounter new twists and turns to navigate: The botched enrollment process and extended premium payment deadlines make it difficult to verify patient eligibility. Unreliable health plan directories and spotty participation fuel confusion about network access. Newly insured patients bring vague health plan IDs that equate to questionable coverage.
Lady doc and Capitol
DPS Begins to Synch CSR-TMB RenewalsFollowing a three-month delay, the Texas Department of Public Safety reports it is beginning to synchronize physicians' controlled substances registration expiration dates with their Texas Medical Board license expiration dates.
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: Nonphysician Practitioners

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Delegation of Duties: Information and ResourcesThe rules have changed—are you up to date? The 2013 legislature simplified the process by which physicians supervise and delegate to physician assistants and advanced practice nurses. The final rules  define a prescriptive authority agreement as a separate and distinct arrangement. Use these resources to ensure you’re appropriately delegating responsibilities.
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Seminar: New NPP Regulations - Rules You Need to Know Do you supervise NPPs in your practice? TMA’s seminar tells you everything you need to know about the changes in the rules governing delegation of duties. The statewide seminar series (and our May 15 webinar) provide the most up-to-date, comprehensive information about the qualifications, supervision requirements, and practical aspects of contracting, credentialing, and billing for nonphysician practitioners.
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Hiring, Billing, and Delegation of Duties for an NPPThe TMA Education Center has the CME you need to ensure you’re complying with site-based requirements for the delegation and supervision of duties, including prescriptive authority, for nonphysician practitioners. Sign in to automatically receive member savings of up to $100 on quality CME from TMA.
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NPP, 2nd Edition (Updated 2014)To reflect recent changes in legislation, TMA has released an updated second edition of our best-selling publication Nonphysician Practitioners: Hiring, Billing, and Delegation of Duties for a Nonphysician Practitioner. Contact TMA if you recently purchased the first edition of this publication: 800-880-1300, ext. 1415.

The Information Texas Doctors Need

  • Your Member Benefits

    In Texas, no one is better equipped to fight for and serve you than TMA and your county medical society. From legislative advocacy to hands-on assistance with reimbursement issues, when you need help addressing the demands of medical practice, TMA has resources to make your life easier. 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

    Be Careful With Covenants Not to Compete

    Most physician employment contracts, and many health plan contracts, have provisions known as covenants not to compete, or noncompete clauses, which prevent you from competing with your former employer if you decide to leave and open a practice somewhere else. TMA has plenty of resources to help you navigate these contractual issues.


Education & Events

  • TexMed 2014

    May 2-3 – Fort Worth
    Preregistration closes April 18.
    Join us at the Fort Worth Convention Center as we explore ways to Redefine the Culture of Medicine!


  • Seminar Series: New NPP Rules You Need to Know

    May 7-June 19 — Statewide
    Do you use nonphysician practitionersin your practice? TMA’s latest seminar tells you everything you need to know about recent changes in the rules governing delegation of duties to NPPs. The seminar provides the most up-to-date, comprehensive information about the qualifications, supervision requirements, and practical aspects of contracting, credentialing, and billing for NPPs. And if you can't make it in person, tune in for our May 15 live webcast.