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    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
    Medicare Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline LoomsDon't miss out on your Medicare electronic health record (EHR) incentive payment for 2014. The deadline is Feb. 28 at 10:59 pm CT to attest that you met the Medicare EHR meaningful use criteria for 2014.
  • Medicare
    Medicare 2015 Fee Schedules DelayedThe American Medical Association reports that Medicare claims-processing contractors removed the 2015 physician fee schedules from their websites in late December. A notice on the sites indicated that technical corrections are being made to the payment rates and that they will be posted no later than Jan. 20, 2015. On Dec. 29, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a related announcement regarding Medicare claims for 2015 dates of service being held for the first two weeks of the year.
  • 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
    PQRS: How to Request a Review of Your 2015 Payment AdjustmentIf you participated in the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2013 and believe the 2015 PQRS penalty that Medicare is applying to you is in error, you can submit an informal review request through Feb. 28, 2015.
  • 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!


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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