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TMA's 2015 Legislative Victories Build on Past Successes
In a 2015 legislative session marked by new state leadership, new money, and big shifts in how Texas' major health care agencies oversee care delivery, the House of Medicine remained as steady as ever in its mission to ensure physicians can give their patients the best care possible. That resolve paid off in significant victories that largely build on the Texas Medical Association's 2013 legislative successes.
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ICD-10 Grace Period Eases Burden But Doesn't Delay Implementation
Last week, the American Medical Association and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services jointly announced elements of a "grace period" for the Oct. 1, 2015, implementation of the ICD-10 medical billing and coding system. This is good news but not the complete deliverance physicians were hoping for.
CMS Posts Full Year of 2014 Open Payments Data Totaling $6.49 Billion
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published 2014 Open Payments data detailing transfers of value by drug and medical device makers to health care professionals. The data include information about 11.4 million financial transactions attributed to more than 600,000 physicians and 1,100 teaching hospitals, totaling $6.49 billion.
Medicare Payments to Physicians Increased 0.5 Percent on July 1
Doctors' Medicare payments increased 0.5 percent on July 1 under the Sustainable Growth Rate formula repeal bill. To replace the SGR, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 created an alternative set of annual payment updates.
Doctors: Get Ready to Accept Chip Credit Cards in Your Practice
The looming switch to ICD-10 this fall isn't the only financial transition affecting medical practices in the future. U.S. banks are stepping up security to reduce fraud by switching from strip-based to microchip-based cards by the end of the year.
Participate in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program by 2016
Physicians interested in receiving incentives for participation in the Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) incentive program need to begin by adopting, implementing, or upgrading a certified EHR by 2016. It is the last year physicians may begin participation in the program to qualify for an incentive, which pays out until 2021.
Medicaid Transformation Waiver Extension Request Due Sept. 30
Texas’s five-year 1115 Medicaid Transformation Waiver will expire Sept. 30, 2016. To extend or renew the waiver, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has to submit a request to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) by Sept. 30, 2015.
PQRS and the Value Modifier: How to Get and Understand Your Quality Report
The TMF Health Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization is hosting an open forum on Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs) on Tuesday, July 21, from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm CDT. This open forum is free and will provide you with information on how to access and better understand your QRUR.
HHS Awards Teen Pregnancy Prevention Grants to Six Texas Organizations
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health awarded more than $86 million in teen pregnancy prevention grants to nonprofit organizations, school districts, universities, and others. The 81 new grants will serve more than 291,000 youths each year in communities where teen birth rates remain high.
All Mobile-Friendly CME Discounted 20 Percent This Month
Need continuing medical education (CME)? Now's the perfect time to visit the TMA Education Center! For the entire month of July, you can take an additional 20 percent off all mobile-friendly CME courses, which can be completed anywhere, anytime, and on any device.
Give a High Five to Outstanding Health Reporting
The measles outbreak, new vaping legislation, a state Ebola action plan, the death of the SGR: These are just a few of the health stories that have made headlines in 2015. If a medical story in your hometown has caught your attention, nominate it for the TMA Anson Jones, MD, Awards for excellence in health reporting.
Apply Now for TMA Foundation Grant Support
TMA Foundation is accepting applications to its 2015-16 Medical Community Grants and Medical Student Leadership Grants programs.
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