Standing Up for Texas Doctors

Dr. Tom Garcia radio interview
Meaningful Use? Or Meaningless AbuseTMA President Tom Garcia, MD, is calling on the U.S. Congress to lift "convoluted and tedious" federal Meaningful Use regulations that interfere with patient care. "No federal program ever bore a more inaccurate name than ‘Meaningful Use,' " he said. "It’s no surprise that physicians around the country have begun calling it 'Meaningless Abuse.' "
Texas Negligence Case to Proceed in New MexicoTexas physician Eldo Frezza, MD, is facing a negligence lawsuit filed in New Mexico, but he has organized medicine on his side. Do you treat New Mexico residents in your practice regularly? What would happen if Texas liability protections no longer applied for the services you provide them?
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TMA Calls Out Insurance Companies Over Balance BillingThe national health insurance lobby and their cronies in the Texas Association of Health Plans released their annual "report" citing physicians for what they called "exorbitant" bills for out-of-network services. "This so-called report is nothing more than a desperate smoke screen to divert attention from the real problem," said TMA President Tom Garcia, MD.
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Healthy Vision 2020, Second EditionTMA Board of Trustees releases updated strategic roadmap for TMA's state and federal advocacy initiatives for the remainder of the decade. "Our government must make it easier - not more difficult - for us to care for our patients," says TMA Immediate Past President Austin King, MD.

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ICD-10 Code Search ToolTo help with the transition to ICD-10, TMA is offering member physicians in solo practices and 100-percent physician membership groups of any size free access to a powerful new ICD-10 code search tool offered by e-MDs. A $1,250 savings for members!
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The Information Texas Doctors Need

  • Hydrocodone Switch

    We answer your top questions about the DEA move to reclassify drugs that contain hydrocodone combinations from Schedule III to Schedule II. READ MORE
  • Deadlines for Doctors

    Between caring for patients, insurance company demands, government regulations, and the latest medical technology, there are never enough hours in a day. TMA's Deadlines for Doctors gives you and your staff a big-picture view of upcoming state and federal compliance timelines. READ MORE
  • Spotlight

    60 Days to Comment on Stage 3 Meaningful Use Rule
    After much anticipation among the medical community, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finally released the meaningful use modification rule last month. The agency is allowing for a 60-day comment period to hear feedback on how Stage 3 can better align with the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and alternative payment models. The rule combines modifications for meaningful use in 2015 to 2017, as well as the Stage 3 rule, which is optional in 2017 and required for all physicians in 2018. READ MORE

Education & Events

  • New Live Seminar

    Medicare Now and Tomorrow
    Nov. 3 - Dec. 3, Statewide

    SGR is gone, now what? No one is exempt from the move toward value-based payment systems. This seminar will help you form short- and long-term strategies. Register now to save your seat.

  • 2015 TMA Advocacy Retreat

    Dec. 4 - 5, Austin
    Join other physician leaders from around the state as we gather to recap the 84th Texas Legislative Session and discuss the future of Texas health care. Register today.


    Essentials in ICD-10 Coding
    This webcast dives into the ICD-10-CM code set and delivers a deeper understanding for practice staff who touch diagnosis data – managers, billers, coders, front desk, and clinical staff. Receive detailed answers to your ICD-10 questions and gain confidence in working with these codes.

  • TMA Winter Conference

    Jan. 29-30, Austin
    Join your colleagues at the Hyatt Regency Austin for the 2016 TMA Winter Conference. General session programming is under development. In the meantime, make your hotel reservation early.