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    TMA staff includes expert coders, reimbursement specialists, and other certified professionals who provide everything from hands-on practice consulting services, to personalized reimbursement assistance for your payment problems. With this array of services designed exclusively for TMA members and their staff, as well as helpful tools and educational resources, TMA can help you manage the business side of your practice and keep you up to date in the changing health care environment. Read More

Practice Help Articles

  • ICD-10
    New Member Benefit Helps With ICD-10 MigrationTo help with the transition to ICD-10 on Oct. 1, TMA is offering free access to a powerful new tool offered by e-MDs.
  • Medical Records
    TMA White Paper on Copy Fees for Mental Health RecordsTMA's newly updated white paper (log-in required) addresses Texas Medical Board (TMB) rules regarding fees for copying mental health medical records, as well as several situations where special rules for charging for copies apply.
    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.
  • ICD-10
    ICD-10: All Systems Ready?Even if you and your staff have mastered the ICD-10 codes you’ll use in your practice and the documentation elements to support them, your systems need to be ready to go when ICD-10 begins, too. If you can’t send claims, you can’t receive payment for them.
  • PQRS
    Review Your PQRS Feedback Report and QRUR NowIf you submitted data to Medicare's Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) for the 2014 reporting period, now is the time to review your quality reports. The reports include information about your quality and cost performance and whether you'll get hit with penalties or receive bonus payments. You must act quickly, as the deadline to appeal any errors is Nov. 9, 2015.
  • Electronic Medical Records
    Physicians Need to Help Vendors Improve EHRsIf electronic health records (EHRs) are going to be more usable — and less frustrating — than physicians find them today, a multiyear research project at The University of Texas found EHR vendors will need to shore up their development processes. But the future of improving EHR usability doesn't just sit at the feet of the vendors, researchers found; they'll need help from other stakeholders. That includes physicians, who need to be involved in EHR development before they become the perplexed end users who gnash their teeth and smack their monitors every time an EHR doesn't cooperate.
  • Medicare
    SGR Is Gone. Now What?Sooner than later, physicians will have to prepare for participation in one of the new quality-focused payment pathways set to replace Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, which Congress eliminated in April via the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).
  • 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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Essentials in ICD-10 Coding

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