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    TMA PracticeEdge

    TMA PracticeEdge offers physicians the technology and business know-how to compete with large health care systems, while maintaining their independent practices. The new company, which is controlled by the TMA in partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, helps independent practices band together to form a physician-led accountable care organization (ACO). Read More

Practice Help Articles

  • Meaningful Use
    Participate in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program by 2016Physicians 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.
  • HIPAA
    TMA Membership Perk: HIPAA Security Compliance HelpEven though the HIPAA Omnibus Rule passed more than two years ago, HIPAA security compliance remains a top issue and concern for TMA members. To help, TMA Practice Consulting is now offering members discounted access to a new tool that can assist with HIPAA security compliance issues.
  • Practice Operations
    Get Ready to Accept Chip Credit Cards in Your PracticeThe 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.
  • PQRS and the Value Modifier
    How to Interpret Your Quality Report, Improve PerformanceThe TMF Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization will host more webinars on Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs). These open forums are free and will provide you with information to help you interpret your QRUR and improve your performance.
  • Electronic Medical Records
    Documenting Patient Care in EHRsElectronic health records (EHRs) and the requirements for maintaining them present a seemingly endless array of complications for physicians — with penalties potentially awaiting doctors who don't follow the Texas Medical Board's (TMB's) recordkeeping rules. Revisions to those rules, which TMB adopted in the spring, attempt to underscore the importance of accurate information in the data-saturated EHR system and make doctors' electronic reporting requirements clearer.
  • ICD-10
    The ICD-10 Grace Period: What It Is and Is NotOn July 6, the American Medical Association and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 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 deliverance physicians were hoping for.
  • E-Prescribing
    Does Your Pharmacy Accept EPCS?Now that electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) is legal with the proper e-prescribing software, many physicians are finding out that some of their frequently used pharmacies do not accept EPCS.
  • 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!

New Seminar Series

ICD-10 Essentials

If you are concerned about getting paid after the Oct. 1 implementation, or just need some more training, TMA has two new seminars to get you from overwhelmed to confident. Use code EPROMO for $20 off! Read More