Welcome to TMA Practice Help

  • Surgeon

    Starting a Practice: TMA Practice Consulting Ready to Help

    Setting up a medical practice is daunting. Physicians who make the decision to strike out on their own have to come up with the money to fund their businesses, find an office space, vet and hire capable staff, purchase the necessary technology and equipment, and devote time and resources to a host of other responsibilities. TMA Practice Consulting offers practice setup services in three phases. Read More

Practice Help Articles

  • EHR Incentive Program
    New Deadline to Apply for a Meaningful Use Hardship ExemptionThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it has extended the deadline to submit a hardship exemption application to Nov. 30, 2014. The previous deadline was July 1, 2014. This will help some physicians avoid the looming penalty in 2015.
  • Employed Physicians
    The New Company Doctor: Worksite Primary Care Gains PopularityHealth care costs rise every year for employers and employees. Worksite wellness clinics are gaining popularity among many large corporations for their potential to lower health care costs and reduce employee absences. Rather than pay for each employee to visit a separate primary care physician, employers are contracting with medical groups that set up primary care clinics at the workplace.
  • ICD-10
    CMS Sets ICD-10 Testing DatesThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has instructed Medicare administrative contractors (MACs) to promote three specific testing weeks with health professionals and to provide data and statistics to CMS that demonstrate readiness for the ICD-10 transition.
  • EHR Incentive Program
    New CMS Rule Slightly Modifies EHR ProgramThe flexibility allows physicians to report Stage 1 or Stage 2 using a 2011 or 2014 certified EHR to meet meaningful use in 2014, but only if the 2014 edition of the certified EHR is not available. TMA is concerned that CMS, in trying to add flexibility, has now added another layer of complexity to the program. Physicians need to proceed carefully and should refer to the chart and CMS press release regarding program flexibility.
  • Legal
    What About Hydrocodone Combination Refills?On Oct. 6, 2014, drugs that contain hydrocodone combinations switch from Schedule III to Schedule II. How should a physician handle a prescription written for a hydrocodone combination product on Oct. 5 (while it is still a Schedule III drug), and specify refills?
  • DocbookMD
    Get Critical Lab Values on Your Mobile Device via DocbookMDDocbookMD's latest clinical integration with Clinical Pathology Laboratories (CPL) allows users to report critical lab values directly to the ordering physician's mobile device or laptop at the moment the labs are completed. Critical values will be sent directly to the ordering physicians, wherever they are, on any device the DocbookMD app is running on.
  • Coding
    New CMS Modifiers Further Define Modifier 59The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has established four new modifiers to define subsets of the commonly — but often mistakenly — used modifier 59.
  • Vendors
    Free Vendor Guide for MembersTMA's Practice Vendor Guide is a comprehensive listing of companies that provide products and services to medical practice professionals. You can use this guide as a reference when seeking reputable practice management resources throughout the year! When contacting any of the companies listed, be sure to let them know you found them through the TMA Practice Vendor Guide!

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