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    Got Questions? We Have Answers

    Pulled from our decades of fielding TMA members’ questions, these answers provide essential information about topics common to Texas practices. TMA Knowledge Center information specialists work with TMA experts in practice management, health law, and medical economics to answer members’ questions — like these — clearly, accurately, and helpfully. Read More

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  • Practice E-Tips
    How Long Do I Have to Keep Patient Medical Records?Seven is the important number to remember in the Texas Medical Board rules for retention of medical records.
  • TMA E-Resources
    Get CME, Improve Patient Care -- Search TMA E-ResourcesWould you like to earn CME credit while improving patient care? You can when you research with the TMA journals and databases! Simply identify a question, search databases available through TMA, and fill out the online evaluation form.
  • Practice E-Tips
    E-Prescribing, Controlled Substances, and Meaningful UseDo federal and state laws allow for e-prescribing of controlled substances? Do controlled substances qualify as “permissible prescriptions” under meaningful use?
  • Practice E-Tips
    New, Under-the-Radar Government Audits SurfaceThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has started an audit of the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and Electronic Prescribing Incentive (eRx) programs through an IT company called Arch Systems, based in Maryland.
  • Practice E-Tips
    Another Medicare Audit, This Time VoluntaryThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ latest audit is underway. CMS calls the process Primary Source Verification, and it’s directed at the Physician Quality Reporting System and Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program.
  • TMA PRACTICE E-TIP
    Delegating and Supervising Prescribing for APRNs/PAsNew state law governing the delegation and supervision of prescribing privileges for advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants went into effect Nov. 1. Download a sample agreement. MembersOnlyRed

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Must I release other physicians' records?

In response to a request for records, the physician “shall” disclose records “including records received from a physician or other health care provider involved in the care or treatment of the patient." Read More