Texas is one of the first U.S. states to pass landmark medical liability reforms. These reforms produced better physician access, lower liability insurance rates, and fewer frivolous lawsuit filings. In the public affairs arena, TMA’s grassroots efforts by individual physicians, its more than 47,000 members, and a passion for Texas patients have been the cornerstones of our success since 1853.
At the state and federal capitols, TMA works to:
-Ensure an adequate health care workforce-Protect physicians’ independent medical judgment-Promote efficient and effective new models of care-Enact health care-friendly public policy-Invest in prevention-Protect and promote a fair civil justice system-Provide appropriate state and federal funding for physician services-Assist physicians and their staff manage and reduce payer reimbursement hassles-Establish fair, transparent insurance markets for patients, employers, taxpayers, and physicians
In the courts, TMA:
-Continues lawsuits against the nation’s largest health plans to reduce physicians’ overhead, reduce time spent contesting claims, obtain fair reimbursement, and control medical necessity decision making-Files amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs on medical litigation issues-Challenges state licensing boards to protect physicians’ scope of practice
Visit the TMA Advocacy webpage to learn more:First Tuesdays at the CapitolTMA’s Healthy Vision 2020TMA's 2013 Legislative AgendaLegislative Victories
Access medical publications, articles and white papers, helplines and interactive practice management tools from TMA. TMA Knowledge Center: Access TMA's online collection of medical publications, articles and white papers, get answers to your questions on: hot topics, practice management and regulatory issues, TMA membership, registering for a TMA event, and TMA's work in Congress and the Legislature. (800) 880-7955, or email@example.com.TMA Newsletters and Publications, including Texas Medicine magazine, Action and Practice E-Tips: Read TMA’s monthly magazine and other publications to get solutions for a successful practice. TMA Practice Help: Operating a medical practice in today’s environment creates challenges every day. Check the TMA Practice Help page for the latest solutions for your practice.Interactive Resources, Calculators and Business Tools: Obtain sample claims appeal form letters, at-a-glance billing guidelines, practice change form letters, Medicare Part B Newsletter Index, and more.
Deadlines for Doctors: TMA’s regulatory compliance calendar provides background information, regulations, penalties and incentives, suggested steps, and TMA resources that can help you meet each compliance date.
Billing and Coding Hotline: Assists with regulatory compliance, billing and coding, payer reimbursement, and licensure issues. (800) 880-1300, ext. 1414, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Health Information Technology Hotline: Assists with questions about selecting and implementing an EHR, workflow, EHR incentives, REC services, e-prescribing or general technology questions. (800) 880-5720, or HIT@texmed.org. Hassle Factor Log: Helps recover money (over $1 million in 2011) from incorrectly processed claims, lost or delayed Medicare enrollment applications, and more. 30-Minute Billing Cure: Schedule a free half-hour consultation with TMA experts at a local county medical society. Tailored to your particular reimbursement, billing, and/or coding issue. (800) 880-1300, ext. 1416. Quality Improvement and Clinical Effectiveness:TMA has clinical quality tools and information to assist you, including a flowchart to evaluate your practice’s clinical effectiveness. Legal and regulatory information, articles and papers (HIPAA, ERISA, CLIA, OSHA, and EMTALA). CME requirements and medical licensure rules TMA Classifieds: Utilize TMA’s online listing to research job opportunities, post staff openings, search products and services, and buy or sell your practice or equipment. TMA Social Media:-Blogged Arteries-Me and My Doctor blog-EVPGram blog-Facebook-Payment Advocacy on Facebook-LinkedIn-YouTube-Twitter
The TMA Education Center offers convenient, one-stop access to the continuing medical education (CME) Texas physicians need. Log in using your TMA website username and password to automatically receive preferred TMA-member pricing.-Browse the full TMA Education Center catalog-Publications (PDF)-Publications (Hardcopy)-Webinars (On-Demand)-Seminars and Live Events-Podcasts-Deadlines for Doctors - TMA's regulatory calendar-TMA Ambassador Program - Free CME from TMA for your county medical society meeting or event. Schedule a presentation for your county medical society.
Successfully implementing HIT into an office practice can bring improvements in both quality of patient care and practice profitability.
HIT Tools You Can Use: Browse all of TMA’s health information technology resources.
Electronic Health Records (EHR): Find information and help with implementing an EHR.
EHR Implementation Guide, 2nd Edition: The implementation guide offers a nontechnical view of the steps necessary for the successful introduction of HIT with an emphasis on the needs of smaller practices.
EHR Product Comparison Tool Get help finding the right EMR for your practice.
Meaningful Use Achievement Toolkit: Have you registered for the Medicare EHR Incentive program, but you’re not sure how to meet meaningful use? Turn to TMA’s Meaningful Use Toolkit for detailed instructions about what is required to meet any one of the 25 meaningful-use criteria defined by the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services.
E-Prescribing: Stay up to date on the latest e-prescribing news and deadlines.
Clinical Effectiveness Guidelines: Use TMA’s flowchart to evaluate your practice’s clinical effectiveness.
Health Information Technology Hotline: Assists with questions about selecting and implementing an EHR, workflow, EHR incentives, REC services, e-prescribing or general technology questions. (800) 880-5720, or HIT@texmed.org
DocbookMD: DocbookMD is a HIPAA-compliant application for smartphone and tablet devices. Use DocbookMD to send HIPAA-compliant text messages bundled with photos of X-rays, EKGs, wounds and more.
Regional Extension Centers (RECs): Regional Extension Centers (RECs) in Texas have been supporting physicians since 2009 with individualized on-site services, technical assistance, and ongoing support to select, implement or upgrade Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and guidance to meaningful use.
Looking for seamless solutions to your most puzzling practice problems? A TMA consultant can provide customized solutions specific to your practice.Contact TMA Practice Consulting: (800) 523-8776, or email@example.com. Services offered include: - Operations Assessment - Receive up to 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™- Revenue Cycle Assessment - Receive up to 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™- Coding and Documentation Review - Receive up to 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™-- Coding and Documentation Training - Receive 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™- Coding & Documentation Check-ups - New Practice Set-Up - On-Site Training - Embezzlement Risk Review - Management or Administrator Recruitment - Staff Recruitment - CME Presentations
TMA membership provides you exclusive access to various vendor products and services; mention your membership to receive TMA-member rates and the very best service.TMLT: Texas Medical Liability Trust (TMLT) is a unique, not-for-profit health care liability claim trust owned by its physician policyholders, and is exclusively endorsed by the Texas Medical Association. TMLT is the largest medical liability provider in the state, insuring over 14,500 physicians.TMAIT: Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust (TMAIT) was created and exclusively endorsed by TMA in 1955. TMAIT helps physicians, their families, and their employees obtain insurance coverage and retirement planning.Endorsed Vendors: These products and services have been vetted and endorsed by TMA for use in your medical practice. TMA’s Group Discount Programs: Leverage your membership in the largest state medical association in the country in order to receive great deals on products and services you use every day.Practice Vendor Guide: TMA's Practice Vendor Guide is a comprehensive listing of companies that provide products and services to medical practice professionals.DocbookMD: DocbookMD is a HIPAA-compliant application for smartphone and tablet devices. Use DocbookMD to send HIPAA-compliant text messages bundled with photos of X-rays, EKGs, wounds and more.Regional Extension Centers (RECs): Regional Extension Centers (RECs) in Texas have been supporting physicians since 2009 with individualized on-site services, technical assistance, and ongoing support to select, implement or upgrade Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and guidance to meaningful use.
These groups can help members resolve unique challenges. Get involved. Connect with your peers as a medical student, resident, young physician, international medical graduate, or the various other special member groups.New to Texas: From setting up your practice to navigating the complex laws and regulations unique to Texas medicine, TMA is your trusted source for help. Medical Student Section: TMA created a Medical Student Section (MSS) in the late 1970s to gain a student perspective among members and provide future physicians with a voice in TMA policy. Now over 4,800 members strong, the TMA-MSS section helps shape the future of medicine. Resident & Fellow Section: The Resident & Fellow Section (RFS) serves as a venue for resident physicians to craft policies and resolutions and address unique resident issues, such as resident work hours, Physician-in-Training permits, debt management, and licensing and credentialing.Young Physician Section: All physicians under the age of 40 or in their first 8 years of practice are considered "young physicians." With your TMA membership, you are invited to participate in its Young Physician Section (YPS) activities and meetings. TMA Leadership College (TMALC): Established in 2010 as part of TMA's effort to ensure strong and sustainable physician leadership with organized medicine, the TMALC prepares its graduates to serve as thought leaders who can close the divide among clinicians and health care policymakers, and as trusted leaders within their local communities.International Medical Graduate Section: All international medical graduates are invited to participate in the TMA-IMG Section, the section devoted to the unique issues and concerns of all IMG physicians. Academic Physicians: TMA is one of the very few state medical associations to have a division dedicated to medical education, with several staff researching education issues and monitoring legislation to determine the potential impact to academic medicine.Employed Physicians: If you are an employed physician, or are considering employment, TMA is dedicated to providing the support you need to make decisions that are in your best interest. Whether you’re just starting practice, or making a career-changing move, TMA can help you navigate the employment setting. Border-Area Physicians: The Texas Border Health Caucus (BHC) is a united partnership representing more than 9,000 members, composed of TMA's county medical societies from the border region in addition to Bexar and Nueces county societies. BHC’s primary goal is to communicate a unified message about state and federal legislative and regulatory issues affecting physicians. Rural Physicians: Of Texas's 254 counties, 177 are rural and make up 70 percent of Texas' total land area. Approximately 15 percent of Texas' population lives in rural counties, yet only 9 percent of primary care physicians practice there. TMA member can attend Rural Caucus activities and represent rural issues through various councils and committees, including the Committee on Rural Health.50 Year Club and Retired Physicians: The Board of Trustees of the Texas Medical Association approved the formation of a 50-Year Club in November 1984. Candidates for membership of this volunteer social club are Texas physicians who have graduated from medical school 50 or more years past.
TMA members are encouraged to participate in various TMA public health and outreach programs. Get Involved!Be Wise — Immunize: a program to increase physician and patient awareness of the need for immunizations throughout all stages of life.Hard Hats for Little Heads: a year-round bicycle helmet donation program created to help Texas physicians prevent head injuries in their communities.Physician Oncology Education Program: educates primary care physicians on cancer prevention, screening and early detection, and palliative and end-of-life issues.Me and My Doctor Patient/Physician blog: designed for patients and doctors to have candid dialogs about health care issues.TMA Ernest and Sarah Butler Awardsfor Excellence in Science Teaching, which recognize outstanding science teachers in elementary, middle, and high schools.TMA Minority Scholarship Program: awards scholarships for qualifying students.AMA Healthier Life Steps®: gives free physician toolkits to improve the lifestyle and overall health of patients.