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Act Now SGR Repeal Closer Than Ever
The “SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014” (H.R. 4014/S. 2000), was introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Its author is U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, MD (R-Lewisville). It features the handiwork of Rep. Kevin Brady (R-The Woodlands). And it has the support of key congressional leaders from both parties and in both chambers. “We may not get this opportunity again,” said TMA President Stephen L. Brotherton, MD. “Take action now to support permanent SGR repeal.”
TMA PracticeEdge Announces Initial Physician-Led ACO Customers
TMA PracticeEdge, LLC, is pleased to announce service agreements with Houston Regional Accountable Care Organization, LLC and Alliance ACO, LLC in rural, south central Texas. TMA PracticeEdge anticipates these physician-led accountable care organizations (ACOs) will initially represent 50-plus physicians providing care and managing the population health for more than 12,000 patients.
Victory! Congress Finally Repeals Flawed Medicare SGR Formula
Statement of TMA President Austin I. King, MD, on the U.S. Senate vote to approve HR 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, which finally repealed the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula.
TMA: Veterans Choice Program is Not Working
Statement of Texas Medical Association President Austin I. King, MD, in response to today’s
Associated Press report
of continued lengthy delays for Texans seeking care from Veterans Affairs health clinics
Protect Yourself From Tax Fraud
TMA 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 Texas Medical Association members notified the association someone had stolen their Social Security numbers and attempted to claim their tax refunds. The association learned the crime's victims also included physician assistants, advanced practice registered nurses, dentists, podiatrists, and pharmacists. Texas is one of 49 states and the District of Columbia affected by this con. So far, the perpetrators haven’t been caught.
Medicine's Bills Pick Up Speed
With roughly six weeks to go in the Texas Legislature, lawmakers near the finish line in drafting a state budget for the next two years with significant improvements over last session that march the house of medicine closer to accomplishing its goals. With House and Senate committees in full swing as well, TMA is tracking a plethora of bills on the move that could help or hurt medicine's agenda.
CMS Draft Rules Ease Meaningful Use Requirements
Meeting 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.
TMB Rules: Telemedicine Requires In-Person Exam First
Texas Medical Board (TMB) rules adopted last week send a message that technology is no substitute for physical patient exams. By voting to require physicians to conduct a face-to-face examination prior to making a diagnosis or prescribing drugs, TMB took a big step to protect patients who receive telemedicine services.
CMS Open Payments Registration, Data Review Now Active
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) developed the Open Payments Program to comply with the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, which requires CMS to publicly report data on items of value given annually to physicians and teaching hospitals.
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