Texas is one of the first U.S. states to pass landmark medical liability reforms. These reforms produced better physician access, lower liability insurance rates, and fewer frivolous lawsuit filings. In the public affairs arena, TMA’s grassroots efforts by individual physicians, its more than 47,000 members, and a passion for Texas patients have been the cornerstones of our success since 1853.
At the state and federal capitols, TMA works to:
-Ensure an adequate health care workforce-Protect physicians’ independent medical judgment-Promote efficient and effective new models of care-Enact health care-friendly public policy-Invest in prevention-Protect and promote a fair civil justice system-Provide appropriate state and federal funding for physician services-Assist physicians and their staff manage and reduce payer reimbursement hassles-Establish fair, transparent insurance markets for patients, employers, taxpayers, and physicians
In the courts, TMA:
-Continues lawsuits against the nation’s largest health plans to reduce physicians’ overhead, reduce time spent contesting claims, obtain fair reimbursement, and control medical necessity decision making-Files amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs on medical litigation issues-Challenges state licensing boards to protect physicians’ scope of practice
Visit the TMA Advocacy webpage to learn more:First Tuesdays at the CapitolTMA’s Healthy Vision 2020TMA's 2013 Legislative AgendaLegislative Victories
Texas Medical Association has created a wealth of tools and resources to assist physicians and their staff in the service of their patients in Texas. TMA Knowledge Center: Access TMA's online collection of medical publications, articles and white papers, get answers to your questions on: hot topics, practice management and regulatory issues, TMA membership, registering for a TMA event, and TMA's work in Congress and the Legislature. (800) 880-7955, or firstname.lastname@example.org.TMA Newsletters and Publications, including Texas Medicine magazine, Action and Practice E-Tips: Read TMA’s monthly magazine and other publications to get solutions for a successful practice. TMA Practice Help: Operating a medical practice in today’s environment creates challenges every day. Check the TMA Practice Help page for the latest solutions for your practice.Interactive Resources, Calculators and Business Tools: Obtain sample claims appeal form letters, at-a-glance billing guidelines, practice change form letters, Medicare Part B Newsletter Index, and more.
Deadlines for Doctors: TMA’s regulatory compliance calendar provides background information, regulations, penalties and incentives, suggested steps, and TMA resources that can help you meet each compliance date.
Billing and Coding Hotline: Assists with regulatory compliance, billing and coding, payer reimbursement, and licensure issues. (800) 880-1300, ext. 1414, or email@example.com. Health Information Technology Hotline: Assists with questions about selecting and implementing an EHR, workflow, EHR incentives, REC services, e-prescribing or general technology questions. (800) 880-5720, or HIT@texmed.org. Hassle Factor Log: Helps recover money (over $1 million in 2011) from incorrectly processed claims, lost or delayed Medicare enrollment applications, and more. 30-Minute Billing Cure: Schedule a free half-hour consultation with TMA experts at a local county medical society. Tailored to your particular reimbursement, billing, and/or coding issue. (800) 880-1300, ext. 1416. Quality Improvement and Clinical Effectiveness:TMA has clinical quality tools and information to assist you, including a flowchart to evaluate your practice’s clinical effectiveness. Legal and regulatory information, articles and papers (HIPAA, ERISA, CLIA, OSHA, and EMTALA). CME requirements and medical licensure rules TMA Classifieds: Utilize TMA’s online listing to research job opportunities, post staff openings, search products and services, and buy or sell your practice or equipment. TMA Social Media:-Blogged Arteries-Me and My Doctor blog-EVPGram blog-Facebook-Payment Advocacy on Facebook-LinkedIn-YouTube-Twitter
Successfully implementing HIT into an office practice can bring improvements in both quality of patient care and practice profitability.
HIT Tools You Can Use: Browse all of TMA’s health information technology resources.
Electronic Health Records (EHR): Find information and help with implementing an EHR.
EHR Implementation Guide, 2nd Edition: The implementation guide offers a nontechnical view of the steps necessary for the successful introduction of HIT with an emphasis on the needs of smaller practices.
EHR Product Comparison Tool Get help finding the right EMR for your practice.
Meaningful Use Achievement Toolkit: Have you registered for the Medicare EHR Incentive program, but you’re not sure how to meet meaningful use? Turn to TMA’s Meaningful Use Toolkit for detailed instructions about what is required to meet any one of the 25 meaningful-use criteria defined by the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services.
E-Prescribing: Stay up to date on the latest e-prescribing news and deadlines.
Clinical Effectiveness Guidelines: Use TMA’s flowchart to evaluate your practice’s clinical effectiveness.
Health Information Technology Hotline: Assists with questions about selecting and implementing an EHR, workflow, EHR incentives, REC services, e-prescribing or general technology questions. (800) 880-5720, or HIT@texmed.org
DocbookMD: DocbookMD is a HIPAA-compliant application for smartphone and tablet devices. Use DocbookMD to send HIPAA-compliant text messages bundled with photos of X-rays, EKGs, wounds and more.
Regional Extension Centers (RECs): Regional Extension Centers (RECs) in Texas have been supporting physicians since 2009 with individualized on-site services, technical assistance, and ongoing support to select, implement or upgrade Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and guidance to meaningful use.