• Practice Operations

    • Four Creative But Easy Ways Physicians Can Save Time

      Wish you could squeeze more productive minutes out of each day? TMA searched the web for some fresh ideas beyond the usual time-management techniques. Will any of these work for you?
  • 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. 
    • TMA’S MEDICAL CLASSIFIEDS

      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

    • What’s a Good Way to Measure Physician Productivity?
      An effective way to measure physician productivity is in relative value units (RVUs). Monitoring physician productivity can be one element in tracking a practice's financial health. In some practices, productivity is a basis for physician compensation or bonuses.
    • Quality Improvement, Collaboration Help Improve Patient Safety
      Fifteen years after the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued its 1999 sentinel patient safety report, To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System, physicians agree there's more work ahead. But they also say heightened awareness of the issue has sparked progress thanks to collaborative quality improvement efforts among systems, physicians, and patients, and a number of patient safety tools that have emerged as a result.
    • Guard Your Practice Against Employee Theft
      Medical practices are especially vulnerable to embezzlement, in part, because they are typically cash businesses. According to a 2009 Medical Group Management Association study, 83 percent of the medical practices polled had been the victim of employee theft or embezzlement. But because medical offices are run by a close-knit staff, it can be hard for a physician to imagine any employees stealing from the practice.
    • You Can Now Pay Online for DPS Schedule II Prescription Pads
      The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) now allows physicians and nonphysician practitioners with a valid controlled substances registration to order and pay online for their prescription pads.
    • Get Critical Lab Values on Your Mobile Device via DocbookMD
      DocbookMD's latest clinical integration with Clinical Pathology Laboratories (CPL) allows users to report critical lab values directly to the ordering physician's mobile device or laptop at the moment the labs are completed. Critical values will be sent directly to the ordering physicians, wherever they are, on any device the DocbookMD app is running on.
    • Survey Results Are In: Physician Dissatisfaction Could Hinder Patient Access to Care
      Access to care is likely to become a challenge as the physician workforce dwindles, doctors face myriad new regulations, and technology struggles to keep up. A survey of 20,000 physicians commissioned by The Physicians Foundation finds 81 percent of physicians are either overextended or at full capacity in their patient load.
  • Selling or Closing a Practice?

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