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
    10 Tech Tips to Help Make Your EHR BloomHas the notion of converting to an electronic health record (EHR) germinated among your practice plans? For this big changeover to bear fruit in your practice operations, you need to proceed with care. TMA has tools, guidance, and reference material — most are free — to help you produce your desired results.
  • 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.
  • Quality Improvement
    PQRS: Deadline Nears for Group RegistrationGroup practices that plan on participating in the 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program year through the group practice reporting option (GPRO) must register by Sept. 30, 2014. This deadline does not apply to physicians who will participate in the 2014 PQRS program year as individual eligible professionals (EPs) or to physicians in a group practice who will participate in the 2014 PQRS program year as individual EPs.
  • ICD-10
    HHS Officially Sets ICD-10 Deadline for Oct. 1, 2015On July 31, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a rule setting Oct. 1, 2015, as the new compliance date for health care professionals, health plans, and health care clearinghouses to transition to ICD-10.
  • 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