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Solutions for your practice

TMA assists physicians to find and implement practical solutions to their practice challenges. Customized consulting services, educational resources, and other tools are available to improve their practice.

Tools and Services    

  • Billing and Coding Hotline: Assists with regulatory compliance, billing and coding, payer reimbursement, and licensure issues. (800) 880-1300, ext. 1414, or paymentadvocacy@texmed.org 
  • Hassle Factor Log: Helps recover money (over $1 million in 2011) from incorrectly processed claims, lost or delayed Medicare enrollment applications, and more. www.texmed.org/hasslefactorlog 
  • 30-Minute Billing Cure: Schedule a free half-hour consultation with TMA experts at a local county medical society. Tailored to your particular reimbursement, billing, and/or coding issue. www.texmed.org/mini-consult or (800) 880-1300, ext. 1416
  • TMA Practice E-Tips: Read TMA's bimonthly e-newsletter with use-it-now tips for running a successful practice. www.texmed.org/etips  
    • Legal and regulatory information on court cases and decisions
    • CME requirements and medical licensure rules
    • Regulatory topics (HIPAA, ERISA, CLIA, OSHA, and EMTALA)
    • Articles and white papers on medical legal issues
  • Interactive Resources: Obtain sample claim's appeal form letters, at-a-glance billing guidelines, practice change form letters, Medicare Part B Newsletter Index, and more. www.texmed.org/toolbox 
  • Practice Vendor Guide: Get a comprehensive list of recommended medical products and services. www.texmed.org/practicevendorguide  
  • Endorsed Vendors: Obtain a complete list of TMA's endorsed vendors. www.texmed.org/endorsed  
  • TMA Classifieds: Utilize TMA's online listing to research job opportunities, post staff openings, search products and services, and buy or sell your practice or equipment. www.texmed.org/classifieds 
  • Group Discount Program: Leverage your membership in the largest state medical association in the country in order to receive great deals on products and services you use every day. www.texmed.org/discounts  

Technology and Your Practice  

  • EMR Comparison Tool: Use this side-by-side vendor comparison guide to find the right vendor. www.texmed.org/EHRTool 
  • EMR Implementation Guide: Earn three hours of CME credit on initiating HIT into a medical practice. www.texmed.org/EMRGuide 
  • DocBookMD Mobile Application: Connect, communicate, and collaborate with physicians using a secure HIPAA-compliant smart phone application. www.docbookmd.com 
  • DocSite: Satisfy the Performance Quality Requirement Systems (PQRS, formerly PQRI). Approved by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to submit clinical data to earn PQRS incentive payment: register, track patient PQRS data, and submit the data through DocSite PQRSTM. www.docsite.com 
  • Clinical Effectiveness Guidelines: Use TMA's flowchart to evaluate your practice's clinical effectiveness. www.texmed.org/Clinical_Effectiveness 
  • Regional Extension Centers (RECs): Understand the unique challenges physicians face and realize the benefits of EHRs in improving efficiencies and patient care. Select and implement EMR to meet meaningful use measures and earn federal EMR incentive bonuses. Four Texas RECs provide subsidized consulting services. www.texmed.org/hitrec 

For questions regarding Health Information Technology (HIT), contact (800) 880-5720 or visit www.texmed.org/HIT 

 Practice Consulting     

From solo practitioner to large group office, TMA helps physicians make their practices more efficient.

  • New Practice Setup
  • Operations Assessment
  • Billing and Collections Assessments
  • Coding and Documentation Reviews
  • Staff Recruitment
  • On-Site Training on Coding, OSHA, and Other Operational Issues
  • Customized Services
  • Embezzlement Risk Review

For more questions regarding Practice Management Services, contact (800) 523-8776 or visit www.texmed.org/Consulting_Services.

Texas Medical Liability Trust (TMLT) 

Texas Medical Liability Trust (TMLT) is a unique, not-for-profit health care liability claim trust owned by its physician policyholders. TMLT is the largest medical liability provider in the state, insuring over 14,500 physicians. TMLT offers a wide rage of liability insurance products and helpful tools:

  • Medical liability insurance products for individual physicians to group practices
  • A comprehensive and innovative risk management department
  • A dedicated, experienced defense team to protect a physician's reputation and career
  • Publications about medical liability, patient safety, changes in health care laws, TMLT, and industry news

Contact TMLT at (512) 425-5800, (800) 580-8658, or visit www.tmlt.org 

Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust (TMAIT) 

Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust (TMAIT) was created and endorsed by TMA in 1955. TMAIT helps physicians, their families, and their employees obtain insurance coverage and retirement planning. TMAIT offers:

  • Insurance plans for individual physicians and medical groups (medical, life, long-term disability, short-term disability, long-term care, dental, vision, key person disability insurance, and business overhead)
  • Voluntary insurance plans (employees opt in and pay 100 percent of the premium), such as dental and vision insurance

Contact TMAIT at (800) 880-8181, or visit www.tmait.org.

Knowledge Center 

The TMA Knowledge Center is staffed with information specialists and a full-time medical librarian offering:

  • Clinical, historical, and genealogical research
  • Interlibrary loans and print collections of textbooks, journals, and archives
  • Online 24/7 Frequently Answered Questions (FAQ) fact sheets
  • Free online access to MD Consult, Stat!Ref, and Ebsco databases for full-text journals and textbooks on clinical and business information
  • Online hot medical topic bibliographies and website links
  • History of Medicine gallery and traveling exhibits
  • Answers to questions about the medical profession, practice, and membership

Call (800) 880-7955 or email knowledge@texmed.org, 8:15 a.m. - 5:15 p.m., Monday-Friday.


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