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    Announcing 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
    TMA Tells Feds to Scrap Meaningful Use RuleTMA's comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on proposed meaningful use Stage 3 rules offer a number of suggestions, including dismantling the program and "adopting reasonable baseline rules that physicians can meet to avoid penalties under the meaningful use program and additional requirements they may meet to receive incentive payments."
    TMA Membership Perk Offers 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
    Why You Should Conduct Background ChecksObtaining background information on a new hire is of critical importance in today's business environment, said Peggy Pringle of TMA Practice Consulting. Checking the criminal history of each prospective employee is inexpensive insurance against lawsuits and reputation-damaging publicity for a negligent hiring decision. The courts repeatedly have found the employer is responsible for the actions of an employee if the person had a criminal record and the employer failed to check the applicant's record, she said.
  • Electronic Health Records
    Preparing for EHR Divorce
    It's said that choosing an electronic health record (EHR) system is like choosing a spouse. While the majority of EHR unions seem destined for happily ever after, that is not the case with all. Physicians should have an exit strategy as they enter the EHR vendor relationship. The best way to do this is to seek mutually agreeable contract terms.
  • Medical Records
    TMB: More Must-Haves for Medical RecordsThe Texas Medical Board updated its medical records rule to reflect today's use of electronic health records and forms of communication. These changes to rule §165.1 took effect May 20, 2015.
  • ICD-10
    ICD-10 Redux. Will You Be Ready This Time?ICD-10. Will it stay? Will it go? As of now, ICD-10 will become the new coding system on Oct. 1, 2015, after years of delay. Waiting until the last minute to learn the system would be a costly mistake, guaranteed to slow down production and result in a barrage of denied claims.
  • Legal
    Protect Yourself From Tax FraudTMA has heard from a handful of member physicians who recently discovered they're the victims of tax fraud. Unfortunately, this is nothing new. Last year, more than 100 TMA members notified the association someone had stolen their Social Security numbers and attempted to claim their tax refunds.
  • 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