• Practice Operations

    • New Patient Visit: Three Years Is a Key

      Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recovery auditors have identified claims with “new patient” evaluation and management (E&M) services as having improper payments — because the new patient services have been billed for the same patient two or more times within three years by the same physician or physician group.
  • 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

    • When Should We Write Off Large Patient Balances?
      Q. Is there a formula to calculate the net present value for the balance of a patient's account compared with a payoff of, say, $50 per month for many years for a $2,000 balance? What is the best way to deal with large balances (thousands of dollars) for people who pay $10 to $50 dollars each month? It must cost us more than that just to service these accounts.
    • Help Medicaid Patients Keep Appointments With Free Rides
      If your Medicaid patient has trouble keeping his or her appointments with your office due to lack of transportation or gas money, be sure the patient knows how to seek help from Medicaid.
    • TMA Offers Updated Procedures Manual
      TMA’s updated Policies and Procedures: A Guide for Medical Practices is now available for purchase though the TMA Education Center. Simply add the product to your cart and purchase this updated manual. Everything you need to comply with new rules and regulations is included.
    • Addressing Patient Noncompliance
      Physicians are concerned about the impact patient noncompliance could have on how payers purport to grade and ultimately pay physicians based on their patients' health. An informal TMA survey shows private health plan policies vary in how they address patient noncompliance and whether they factor it into emerging pay-for-performance programs. TMA continues to advocate for protections for physicians from quality-of-care measures in Medicare and commercial programs that don't account for variances in patient populations, including chronically ill or noncompliant patients.
    • Top Three Reasons Embezzlement Occurs
      Medical practices suffer from one of the highest embezzlement rates of all service industries. In fact, some experts estimate that three out of four physicians could be victims of embezzlement at least one time during their career.
    • Delegating Prescriptive Authority — to How Many?
      What is the ratio for the number of advanced practice registered nurses or physician assistants to whom a physician may delegate prescriptive authority?
  • Selling or Closing a Practice?

    • 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?
    • How to Notify Employees of Closing or Selling a Practice
      Guidelines for Notifying Employees of the Closing or Selling of a Practice