Welcome to TMA Practice Help

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    Announcing TMA PracticeEdge

    The Texas Medical Association (TMA) and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) are launching TMA PracticeEdge to help empower a strong base of independent physicians to provide quality, cost-effective care to their patients. This first-of-its kind joint effort leverages the strengths of TMA’s statewide physician membership and BCBSTX’s resources to benefit the entire Texas health care community, including patients, hospitals, payers, and other physicians. Read More

Practice Help Articles

  • Practice Operations
    Three Keys to Stronger Practice OperationsWith the many challenges that face today's medical practices, business operations remain at the core of a practice's ability to be successful and profitable.
  • Meaningful Use
    Stage 2 Meaningful Use Toolkit
    Stage 2 meaningful use requires physicians to meet and attest to all 17 core objectives and three of the six menu criteria, and report on Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs). This tool was created to assist physicians with the meaningful use criteria. Currently, two EHR vendors are included in the toolkit.
  • Medical Records
    TMB Adopts New Medical Records RulesSome of the most common, yet vexing, legal issues facing medical practices involve questions about medical records. Maintaining adequate patient records that adhere to legal requirements is vital.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Use
    CMS Draft Rules Ease Meaningful Use RequirementsMeeting meaningful use criteria may get a little easier for physicians if the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) adopts draft rules that propose to standardize the 2015 reporting period for the electronic health record (EHR) incentive program to 90 consecutive days.
    20 Everyday HIPAA TipsThe goal of HIPAA is to make sure the protected health information you are responsible for or come into contact with remains confidential, secure, and available when you need it. Here are basic steps every practice can take to help make this happen.
  • 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!

Compliance Seminar

May 8, 2015

Join us for this one-day-only seminar to learn the core elements of a formal, written compliance plan. Having such a plan that everyone in your practice understands and follows is the best way to avoid legal and administrative violations. Read More