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    Announcing TMA PracticeEdge

    The Texas Medical Association (TMA) and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) are launching TMA PracticeEdge to help empower a strong base of independent physicians to provide quality, cost-effective care to their patients. This first-of-its kind joint effort leverages the strengths of TMA’s statewide physician membership and BCBSTX’s resources to benefit the entire Texas health care community, including patients, hospitals, payers, and other physicians. Read More

Practice Help Articles

  • Payer
    Dual Eligible Demo Rolls Out March 1The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will launch its Dual Eligibles Integrated Care Demonstration Project March 1 in six Texas counties. The project is a partnership between Texas and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to test a new model for providing coordinated care to patients enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid.
  • Meaningful Use
    How to Meet Mandate for Patients’ Online Access to Medical RecordsMany physicians are struggling with the meaningful use Stage 2 measure that stipulates physicians must "provide patients the ability to view online, download, and transmit their health information within four business days of the information being available to the eligible provider (EP)."
  • EHR Incentive Program
    Don't Miss Next Month's Medicaid EHR Attestation DeadlineFor physicians who participated in the 2014 Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive program, the deadline to attest to meaningful use is quickly approaching. Physicians hoping to receive the incentive must attest no later than March 16, 2015, by 10:59 pm CT.
  • ICD-10
    Let the Prepping Begin for ICD-10
    Although ICD-10's implementation is eight months away, it's certainly not too soon to get ready for the Oct. 1 transition. By now you probably have a good idea of what ICD-10 is and how the codes are changing, but how ready are you really, to make the switch?
  • 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.
  • PQRS
    Use New PQRS Lookup Tool to Verify Your 2015 Payment InfoIf you believe you received an incorrect Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) payment penalty letter from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), you can verify the information using CMS' new PQRS Look Up tool.
  • 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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