Free TMA Practice E-Tips Helps Your Practice Run Right

TMA Practice E-Tips is a popular e-newsletter published twice a month that offers four brief, practical tips for managing a medical practice in Texas. Each issue gives you hands-on, use-it-now advice on coding, billing, reimbursement, HIPAA compliance, office policies and procedures, practice marketing, and much more, along with useful links for more information.

You can get E-Tips three ways:

1. Have TMA Practice E-Tips delivered to your inbox by subscribing today. (Log in and click on Subscriptions on the left. It’s easy.) And while you’re there, you can sign up your office staff to receive E-Tips, too.

2. Check out the latest issue of TMA Practice E-Tips here (RSS feed).

3. Read the latest issue of TMA Practice E-Tips below.


 Sept. 24, 2014, Issue of TMA Practice E-Tips 

Medicare Revalidation: Use NPI and PTAN Identifiers Correctly
The Medicare revalidation process has prompted questions from physicians about the differences between the National Provider Identifier and the Provider Transaction Access Number. Here’s a quick clarification.

Protect Your Practice’s Social Media Accounts
Social media is a terrific way to reach out and stay in contact with your patients. However, the risks created by social media cannot be ignored. Controlling access to your social media accounts is just the first step in ensuring their security.

What About Hydrocodone Combination Refills?
On Oct. 6, 2014, drugs that contain hydrocodone combinations switch from Schedule III to Schedule II. How will I handle a prescription I write for a hydrocodone combination product on Oct. 5 (while it is still a Schedule III drug), and specify refills?

Private Payer Round-Up, September 2014
In case you missed these — here is a roundup of useful items from health care payment plans’ newsletters and updates, compiled by TMA’s reimbursement specialists. Find out about pharmacy benefit changes, prior authorization changes, and more.


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