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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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  • ICD-10
    The ICD-10 Grace Period: What It Is and Is NotOn July 6, physicians scored a “grace period” to ease transition to the ICD-10 medical billing and coding system. This is good news but not the deliverance physicians were hoping for. Here is what the grace period is and is not.
  • Technology
    Chip and Dip: When Will You Take the New Type of Credit Card?Sooner rather than later, you’ll have to buy and reconfigure credit-card processing equipment and software to accept payments from new smart chip cards. But beware of scams.
  • Quality Improvement
    New Medicare Quality Reports Give Physicians Critical Feedback, But Make It Difficult to InterpretThe new quality feedback reports Medicare released last fall finally give all physicians actionable data to gauge their performance in the various federal quality reporting mandates and to measure the impact of the programs on their practices in a fast-approaching value-based care system. But doctors say they should come with a warning label: "Technical Assistance Required."
  • Medical Records
    TMB: More Must-Haves for Medical RecordsThe Texas Medical Board updated its medical records rule to reflect today’s use of electronic health records and forms of communication. These changes took effect May 20, 2015.
  • 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.
    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
  • 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.

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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