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

  • Quality
    Patient Satisfaction Scores Tied to Quality, PaymentTexas Medical Association leaders say physicians should take the time now to understand the impact of patient satisfaction and evaluate themselves before payers or others do it for them. Already Medicare ties a portion of hospital pay to patient satisfaction measures, and similar mandates are beginning to hit physicians.
  • Legal
    Rule Gives Patients Access to Lab Reports Patients no longer have to call their physicians to get the results of a lab test under a new federal rule that gives them direct access to the reports.
  • EHR Incentive Program
    Apply For Meaningful Use Exemption by July 1Physicians who are not participating in the Medicare electronic health record (EHR) incentive program, also known as meaningful use, will be penalized by Medicare beginning Jan. 1, 2015. To prevent the penalty, physicians must either attest to meaningful use by Oct. 1, 2014, or apply for a hardship exemption by July 1, 2014.
  • Policies and Procedures
    Ready to Fill Out the New CMS-1500 Claim Form?Starting on April 1, 2014, you must use the revised CMS-1500 claim form (02/12) for submitting paper claims to government and private payers (regardless of date of service).
    New HIPAA Security Risk Tool From HHS The Security Risk Assessment (SRA) tool helps small- to medium-sized practices conduct and document a risk assessment to determine potential HIPAA security risks and address them. The SRA website has user tutorials and videos available to help you get started.
  • Medical Records
    Fees for Copying Medical Records Get the details about how much you can charge patients for copying medical records. TMB recently updated the rules to address electronic copies.
  • Physician Services Organization
    TMA PSO Empowers Physicians in New Health Care ModelsThe pressures of today's health care system often force physicians to undervalue their practices in a fire sale to cope with mounting regulatory and administrative burdens and diminishing fee-for-service payments. But health care consultant John G. Nackel, PhD, says the movement toward accountable care puts physicians in a unique position to meet increasing demands for high-quality and low-cost care. Enter the Texas Medical Association's Physician Services Organization (PSO), which will equip practices with the tools and strategies they need to remain competitive and in the driver's seat in the future health care environment. The PSO is still under development and expected to launch early this year.
  • 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!

New Publication

NPP Guide, 2nd Edition

Thinking about growing your medical practice with a nonphysician practitioner? This guide describes hiring, legal liability, scope of practice, delegation, prescriptive authority, billing, and more. Read More