FIND A PHYSICIAN
Need Help With Meaningful Use?
Call the TMA HIT Helpline
Keep Your Office on Track
Call TMA Practice Consulting
Claim Denial or Payer Problems?
Call TMA's Hassle Factor Log
Hire a TMA
Better yourself with TMA
Deadlines for Doctors
Important deadlines and compliance dates
Courses and Publications
TMA Knowledge Center
HIT Help Line
TMA’s Coding Hotline
(800) 880-1300, ext. 1414
TMA Practice Consulting
Group Discount Programs
Practice Vendor Guide
EMR Comparison Tool
Liability Insurance Carriers
Welcome to TMA Practice Help
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.
Practice Help Articles
EHR Incentive Program
New Deadline to Apply for a Meaningful Use Hardship Exemption
The 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.
The New Company Doctor: Worksite Primary Care Gains Popularity
Health 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.
CMS Sets ICD-10 Testing Dates
The 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 Program
The 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.
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?
Protect Your Practice’s Social Media Accounts
Social media is a terrific way to reach out and stay in contact with your patients. However, the risks created by social media cannot be ignored. Individuals, even major corporations, are having their accounts hacked, sometimes even taken over by the perpetrator.
New CMS Modifiers Further Define Modifier 59
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has established four new modifiers to define subsets of the commonly — but often mistakenly — used modifier 59.
Free Vendor Guide for Members
TMA'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!
Business Boot Camp
Oct. 7 - Nov. 12, Statewide
Although health care is big business, individual physician practices are small businesses. Practice costs - like any other business' operating costs - continue to rise. Take charge of your practice finances!
Visit the TMA Blog
Meet the TMA Staff
County Medical Societies
Just for ...
Residents and Fellows
New to Texas
401 West 15th Street, Austin TX 78701 Phone (800) 880-1300 (512) 370-1300
Copyright © 1999-2013 Texas Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.