Welcome to TMA Practice Help

  • Surgeon

    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. Read More

Practice Help Articles

  • Electronic Health Records
    Docright Helps TMA Members Compare EHRs, Other HIT TMA members now have exclusive access to Docright's cloud-based system, which allows physicians to compare EHRs and other health information technology, interact with technology vendors, and share their technology experiences with peers. These tools allow physicians to make faster, more informed decisions about health care vendors and their products and services, in turn reducing costs, increasing revenues, and improving patient care.
  • E-Prescribing
    E-prescribing Controlled Substances Is Worth ItIn October 2013, the Texas Department of Public Safety officially began allowing physicians to electronically prescribe schedule II controlled substances. The practice of electronic prescription of controlled substances (EPCS) for schedule II drugs became more commonplace in March 2014, after DPS completed a small pilot program to test the accuracy of reporting schedule II drugs to the Texas Prescription Program. Sending prescription requests to a pharmacy through an electronic vendor helps reduce the risk of prescription fraud.
  • Legal
    How Long Do I Have to Keep Patient Medical Records?Seven is the important number to remember in the Texas Medical Board rules for retention of medical records.
  • Collections
    Get Claims Paid Promptly With TMA Live Webinars On July 30, during the noon-1 pm lunch hour, the final TMA webinar of this series will address the discomfort many feel about asking patients for money and will outline how to reduce lost revenue, how to create a collection policy for your practice, how to implement effective and tactful collection strategies, and how to talk to patients from whom you need to collect payment.
  • Practice Operations
    Business Management Help From TMAThe TMA Financial Trend Tracker is a free online tool to help association members and their staff track monthly and yearly net collection ratios, accounts receivable percentages, and new and established patient visits. The tool presents a practice's key performance indicators via easy-to-read graphs and charts.
  • EHR Incentive Program
    TMA Calls for Meaningful Use Moratorium Because physicians "are feeling overloaded by the myriad new Stage 2 meaningful use measures imposed on them," Congress should stop Medicare from requiring any new meaningful use criteria, a TMA leader wrote in a letter to the chair of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee.
  • Medicare
    Medicare Do’s and Don’ts The do's in this list may apply to you, depending on your specialty and/or circumstances. The don'ts apply to every practice.
  • 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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EHR Implementation Guide

This publication will walk you through the process of acquiring and learning to use HIT. Read More