• Technology and Your Practice

    • Are You Preparing For Stage Two Meaningful Use Requirements?

      Beginning in 2014, all physicians participating in the federal electronic health record (EHR) meaningful use incentive program must use a Stage two-certified EHR. This is true even for physicians attesting for Stage one meaningful use.

      There are three planned stages of meaningful use. Physicians who already have met two years of Stage one must attest to meeting the Stage two requirements.

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  • HIT News

    • Docright Helps TMA Members Compare EHRs, Other HIT
      TMA members now have exclusive access to Docright's cloud-based system, which allows physicians to compare EHRs and other health information technology, interact with technology vendors, and share their technology experiences with peers. These tools allow physicians to make faster, more informed decisions about health care vendors and their products and services, in turn reducing costs, increasing revenues, and improving patient care.
    • How to Tell Patients About Your Online Practice Tools
      When your practice adopts a new technology that directly involves patients, such as interactive online forms, a patient portal, or even a simple website with educational content, taking an "if you build it, they will come" attitude won't work.
    • E-prescribing Controlled Substances Is Worth It
      In October 2013, the Texas Department of Public Safety officially began allowing physicians to electronically prescribe schedule II controlled substances. The practice of electronic prescription of controlled substances (EPCS) for schedule II drugs became more commonplace in March 2014, after DPS completed a small pilot program to test the accuracy of reporting schedule II drugs to the Texas Prescription Program. Sending prescription requests to a pharmacy through an electronic vendor helps reduce the risk of prescription fraud.
    • 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.
    • TMA Calls for Meaningful Use Moratorium
      Because physicians "are feeling overloaded by the myriad new Stage 2 meaningful use measures imposed on them," Congress should stop Medicare from requiring any new meaningful use criteria, a TMA leader wrote in a letter to the chair of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee.
    • Keep Records When Attesting to Meaningful Use
      TMA has learned of yet another snag in the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive programs. A successful attestation submission may be voided if the submitter logs back in to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) attestation portal postsubmission. Any edits made postsubmission — even something as small as hitting the space bar — could void the original submission.
    • Print and Save DocbookMD Messages
      Do you want to get important patient information from DocbookMD into that patient's medical record? It's now easier than ever with the new Print and Save functions from DocbookMD.
  • HIT Tools You Can Use

    • 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, specific to your EHR product*, to meet any one of the 25 meaningful-use criteria defined by the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services.
      *The EHRs represented are eClinicalWorks, e-MDs, GE/Centricity, Greenway Medical, and NextGen. 
    • EHR Incentive Program Eligibility Tool
      Are you eligible or exempt? Use this tool from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to determine eligibility for both programs.
    • EHR Product Evaluation Tool
      Need help finding the right EMR for your practice? Texas Medical Association (TMA) physician members have overwhelmingly indicated to us they need help when it comes to health information technology. They specifically want help with electronic medical record (EMR) selection. TMA is here to help.
    • Learning Modules for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program
      The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has two computer-based learning tools to help physicians and hospitals participate in the Texas Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. The tools are interactive and self-guided with voice or closed-captioned narration.
    • EHR Incentive Program Resources
      Unsure which electronic health record (EHR) incentive program is right for you? TMA has resources to help you make this important decision. If you are one of the many Texas physicians planning to enroll in either program, we recommend you start as soon as possible.
    • Incentive Calculator
      Calculate your incentives with this tool created by the Harris County Medical Society (HCMS).   membersonlyred(2) 
    • EHR Buyer Beware: Issues to Consider When Contracting with EHR Vendors
      This paper discusses eight important EHR contract terms your medical practice should consider before signing an EHR contract.
    • EMR Readiness Assessment
      This readiness worksheet will provide you with an overview of your organization’s ability to successfully adopt an electronic medical record (EMR) solution.
    • 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.
    • Questions for EHR Vendors
      Learn some of the important questions to ask vendors during the selection process.
    • Questions for EHR Vendor References
      What questions should you ask when speaking to another practice that currently uses the EHR vendor you are considering?  
  • Advocacy

  • Don’t miss out…

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has a new listserv about the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. The listserv will provide timely, authoritative information about the programs, including registration and attestation updates, and details about the payment process.

    By subscribing to the listserv, CMS will keep you informed of upcoming deadlines and give you answers to the questions and concerns that they have gathered from eligible professionals and hospitals in the field. New updates will be emailed through the listserv to keep you informed of any developments, and subscribers will be notified of any new FAQ's that are published on the CMS EHR Incentive Programs’ website. 

    We encourage you to let others know about the CMS EHR listserv, and to share its messages. Click here to join the listserv and learn more.