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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.
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EHR Incentive Program
Meaningful Use Requires Reporting Clinical Quality Measures
Physicians must report on nine (of 64) clinical quality measures as part of meaningful use. During Stage 1, this was listed as one of the core measures. For Stage 2, it is no longer listed as a separate measure, but it is still required.
Home Sweet Medical Home
Reinventing Primary Care
Dwindling health care resources and budgets are turning the patient-centered medical home into a hot commodity for making health care more efficient and effective and less fragmented and costly. They start with a solid foundation: primary care. Whether the enhanced primary care model lives up to its promise is still up for debate, based on the available research. Still, policymakers, payers, and physician practices are increasingly taking the bet, particularly with passage of the Affordable Care Act.
Prevent Embezzlement in Your Practice
Like many other physicians, you very well might opt to hire an office manager to take over the administrative side of the practice so you can do what you do best — care for patients. But paying bills, depositing money, handling payroll, and accepting payments from patients are everyday tasks that give office managers a lot of power over your practice. It's crucial you keep an eye on financial operations to help keep your employees honest.
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?
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.
Registries Simplify Quality Reporting Mandates
As federal quality reporting mandates and noncompliance penalties add up, experts say registries can help take the sting out of the process and rev up quality improvement for physician practices. The online reporting tool is also taking a front seat over claims-based reporting as Medicare signals its plans to eventually phase out that less efficient and less clinically accurate option.
Six Medicare Tips: New and Notable
Claims, coverage, coding, and more: Here are some Medicare changes and reminders that might affect your practice.
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!
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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!
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