Welcome to TMA Practice Help

  • Surgeon

    Starting a Practice: TMA Practice Consulting Ready to Help

    Setting up a medical practice is daunting. Physicians who make the decision to strike out on their own have to come up with the money to fund their businesses, find an office space, vet and hire capable staff, purchase the necessary technology and equipment, and devote time and resources to a host of other responsibilities. TMA Practice Consulting offers practice setup services in three phases. Read More

Practice Help Articles

  • EHR Incentive Program
    Meaningful Use Audits: Be PreparedTMA is hearing from physicians who are being audited for meaningful use and some who have had their meaningful use incentive dollars recouped. Don't let this happen to you. Remember: Meaningful use is all or nothing. Physicians must meet all measures for successful attestation. This includes conducting a security risk analysis for HIPAA to ensure protection of patient information.
  • Medicare
    It’s Medicare Participation Time for 2015The annual Medicare participation enrollment program for calendar year 2015, now underway, runs through Dec. 31, 2014. Keep in mind that current Medicare fee schedule amounts are set through March 31, 2015; potential cuts won't happen until April 1, 2015.
  • Practice Operations
    Prevent Embezzlement in Your PracticeLike many other physicians, you very well might opt to hire an office manager to take over the administrative side of the practice so you can do what you do best — care for patients. But paying bills, depositing money, handling payroll, and accepting payments from patients are everyday tasks that give office managers a lot of power over your practice. It's crucial you keep an eye on financial operations to help keep your employees honest.
  • Fraud and Abuse
    New Toolkit Helps Doctors Navigate Medical AuditsThe Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) collaborated to develop the Toolkit for Physicians Facing Medical Audits, which provides practical information and tips to help physicians anticipate medical audits, respond to auditors’ requests for medical records, and appeal erroneous audit findings.
  • Quality
    CMS: How to Report Only Once for PQRS, Meaningful Use, Other ProgramsAccording to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), physicians who are beyond their first year of participation in the Medicare electronic health record (EHR) incentive program have the option to streamline their reporting efforts and report quality data only once for several Medicare quality programs.
  • Survey Results Are In
    Physician Dissatisfaction Could Hinder Patient Access to CareAccess 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.
  • Vendors
    Free Vendor Guide for MembersTMA's Practice Vendor Guide is a comprehensive listing of companies that provide products and services to medical practice professionals. You can use this guide as a reference when seeking reputable practice management resources throughout the year! When contacting any of the companies listed, be sure to let them know you found them through the TMA Practice Vendor Guide!

Seminar

Medicare 2015

Feb. 3 - Feb. 25, Statewide
Find out how quality-based payment will affect you, and learn what's on the radar for compliance and audits under Medicare Part B's fraud and abuse work plan.
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