• Practice Operations

    • Living the Dream of Private Practice

      When physicians opt to leave a group setting and start a private practice, they often face the challenge of setting up the new practice while still working at their group practice. With numerous legal, staffing, and real estate hurdles to face in establishing a practice, many physicians have found Texas Medical Association Practice Consulting an invaluable tool that can save time, money, and energy.
  • Resources & Tools For Your Practice

    • TMA's Policies & Procedures -

      A Guide for Medical Practices
      contains more than 200 up-to-date policies and procedures, tools, sample letters, and forms you can customize for your office. TMA's easy-to-use guide is specific to Texas medical practices.
    • Deadlines for Doctors

      TMA has developed  Deadlines for Doctors, a web-based regulatory compliance tool giving you and your staff a big-picture view of upcoming state and federal compliance timelines and key health policy issues that impact Texas physicians. 

      Are you looking for a position or to hire a medical professional? TMA’s Medical Classifieds  allow you to easily view medical job openings, and post job openings for your own practice.
    • TMA Publications

      Interested in literature to help your practice operate more efficiently? Browse through TMA's publications which are available to purchase online. 
  • Helpful Practice Information

    • How Will Your Practice Thrive in Post-SGR Medicare?
      The Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) is gone, so now what's next? Is your practice ready for quality-based payment? Is that even the right direction for you to go? With the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) taking effect and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System on the horizon, making no changes may cost you, but implementing changes (the wrong way) may cost you more.
    • Interview Candidates the Smart Way
      When interviewing candidates for your practice staff, it's a good idea to work from prepared questions so you can ask the same questions of all interviewees. This helps ensure you are comparing all candidates equally in how they answer questions or would handle the same situation.
    • Use These Four Steps With Irate Patients
      When faced with a highly emotional patient, your tendency most likely is to be logical, quoting policy and trying to reach a solution so you can get the patient out of the office. But when emotions are high, logic is low, says author Barbara Pickelman in Rx for Success: Communication Skills for Staff. So your first task is to lower the emotional level of the patient so you can negotiate a reasonable solution.
    • Copy Fees for Mental Health Records
      Do Texas Medical Board rules regarding fees for copying medical records apply to mental health records? TMA’s newly updated, free white paper answers this question about fees and more.
    • Style Matters in Written Instructions
      Want to make it easier for your patients to follow that diet, prep correctly for a procedure, or view and download their health information (a meaningful use measure)?
    • Chip and Dip: When Will You Take the New Type of Credit Card?
      Banks and credit-card issuers are switching from strip-based to microchip-based smart cards. This means practices eventually will have to buy new credit-card processing terminals and software to accept payments from patients.
  • Selling or Closing a Practice?

    • Red Tape Kills Venerable Medical Practice
      After 40 years of service and more than 20 years together, the physicians at Austin Internal Medicine Associates (AIMA) will be closing their doors for good Sept. 4. The physicians cited burdensome regulations ― including electronic health record (EHR) requirements and the looming switch to a new medical billing and coding system called ICD-10 ― as factors in their decision to close.
    • Survey: Bureaucracy Crushing Texas Physicians
      More than half of Texas doctors plan in the next three years to cut back on work hours or the number of patients they see, find another job in health care that doesn’t involve seeing patients, or retire, according to The Physicians Foundation’s 2014 Survey of America’s Physicians.     
    • Preparing for the Worst
      Unexpected deaths profoundly impact those left behind. And in the case of physicians, their deaths have financial and business implications they must address in advance. Professional planning allows physicians to address call coverage, management, and administration of the medical practice and helps ensure the orderly continuation of practice operations.
    • Three Steps That Could Save Your Practice’s Life
      What would happen to your practice if you suffered an extended illness or a temporary — or permanent — disability? Solo physicians should take three important steps to make their practice ready to go on immediate life support in event of an extended illness or disability.
    • Patient Notification of Practice Transitions
      Is patient notification required when a solo physician joins a group, sells his or her practice assets to a practice management corporation, or the like?
    • Notifying Your Patients When You Leave a Practice
      I am an employed physician who is preparing to leave the large practice where I work. Am I responsible for sending letters to my patients about my move, or is the practice responsible?