Standing Up for Texas Doctors

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The ICD-10 Grace Period Up CloseThe ICD-10 grace period says that for one year starting Oct. 1, 2015, Medicare will not deny claims solely on the specificity of the ICD-10 diagnosis codes as long as you use a valid code from the right family of codes. TMA parses this statement for you.
Texas Negligence Case to Proceed in New MexicoTexas physician Eldo Frezza, MD, is facing a negligence lawsuit filed in New Mexico, but he has organized medicine on his side. Do you treat New Mexico residents in your practice regularly? What would happen if Texas liability protections no longer applied for the services you provide them?
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1115 Medicaid Waiver Up for RenewalTexas' Medicaid Transformation Waiver faces some old and new problems that could ruffle renewal of the multibillion dollar initiative to prop up the state's safety net hospitals while testing better ways to deliver care to Medicaid and uninsured patients. Without federal approval, the waiver expires in September 2016. TMA wants any new waiver to work better for patients and physicians.
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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 Immediate Past President Austin King, MD.

ICD-10 Tools For the Switch

New Member Benefit Offers Help with ICD-10 MigrationTo help with the transition to ICD-10, TMA is offering member physicians in solo practices and 100-percent physician membership groups of any size free access to a powerful new ICD-10 code search tool offered by e-MDs. A $1,250 savings for members!
Get Educated and Prepared for ICD-10Need it now? Watch it now! TMA's Essentials in ICD-10 Coding on-demand webinar delivers deeper understanding for practice staff who touch diagnosis data - managers, billers, coders, front desk, and clinical staff. Special member pricing.
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TMA Has Tools to Help You Make the ICD-10 SwitchDo you need some ICD-10 guidance? TMA has you covered with a variety of tools and resources to get you up to speed. TMA can help, too, even if you're far behind. And if you run into problems submitting claims, send a report to TMA's Hassle Factor Log.
Specialty-Specific ICD-10 Training at a DiscountSave $100 on specialty-specific ICD-10 training courses from the American Academy of Professional Coders. Use coupon code 10DOCTMA at checkout to save.

The Information Texas Doctors Need

  • Hydrocodone Switch

    We answer your top questions about the DEA move to reclassify drugs that contain hydrocodone combinations from Schedule III to Schedule II. 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. TMA's Deadlines for Doctors gives you and your staff a big-picture view of upcoming state and federal compliance timelines. READ MORE
  • Spotlight

    Docs: Reenroll in Medicaid by March 24, 2016
    Don't wait around. Most Texas physicians who see Medicaid patients must reenroll in the program by March 24 of next year. The process can take longer than you might expect. To be considered fully reenrolled by the deadline, physicians must receive verification from the state that the application has been approved before that date. It currently takes about 32 days for applications to be processed. READ MORE

Education & Events

  • 2015 TMA Advocacy Retreat

    Dec. 4 - 5, Austin
    Join other physician leaders from around the state as we gather to recap the 84th Texas Legislative Session and discuss the future of Texas health care. Register today.


    Essentials in ICD-10 Coding
    This webcast dives into the ICD-10-CM code set and delivers a deeper understanding for practice staff who touch diagnosis data – managers, billers, coders, front desk, and clinical staff. Receive detailed answers to your ICD-10 questions and gain confidence in working with these codes.

  • New Live Seminar

    Medicare Now and Tomorrow
    Nov. 3 - Dec. 3, Statewide

    SGR is gone, now what? No one is exempt from the move toward value-based payment systems. This seminar will help you form short- and long-term strategies. Register now to save your seat.


    Communicating to Improve Collections
    This publication presents proven communication and personal management skills to help physicians and staff more effectively talk with patients about their practice’s payment policies and patients’ willingness and/or ability to follow those policies.