Health Information Technology

  • HIT Tools and Resources

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    TMA works diligently to give you the tools you need to tackle the challenges of technology. Whether you need help selecting an electronic health record (EHR), getting started with telemedicine or understanding MACRA, TMA has the resources.

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  • HIT Articles

    Be in the Know When You Purchase an EHR

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    The TMA EHR Vendor Comparison Tool provides TMA member physicians access to an assessment of EHR products that have a solid Texas market base. It gives physicians a view of company information, product functionality, pricing, and interoperability capabilities when comparing EHR systems.

    Find Out More About EHRs
  • TMA: Boost Tech With COVID-19 Relief Funds

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    In a letter last week, the Texas Medical Association – along with the Texas Hospital Association, the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals, the Texas E-Health Alliance, and other state health societies – offered several ways American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding could be used to bolster health information technology (HIT) in the Lone Star State.

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  • Let Your Patients Know You Use Telemedicine

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    During the COVID-19 public health emergency, many state and federal waivers were put in place to help expand the use of telemedicine.  

    So if you are offering these services, be sure your patients know they can see you without coming into the office.  

    Get Some Tips  
  • This Changes Everything: Practices Adapt to COVID

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    COVID-19’s appearance in March 2020 triggered rapid changes for physician offices throughout Texas. 

    Adopting telemedicine turned out to be one of the biggest pandemic-inspired adjustments for most practices.

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  • Hospitals Required to Send Admit, Discharge, Transfer Notices to Physicians

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    As of May 1, hospitals must electronically share their admit, discharge, and/or transfer (ADT) notices with the patient’s established primary care physician, group, or other practitioner identified by the patient. 

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  • Taking Privacy to a New Level: Texas Lowers Reporting Threshold for Security Breaches

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    The federal requirements have not changed, but starting Jan. 1, breach notification requirements became even more stringent for Texas physicians or medical entities. 

    Get New Reporting Details  
  • How Can You Exchange Patient Data?

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    Ideally, all members of a health care team –physicians, hospitals, labs – should be able to use HIT and EHRs to share patient information through a secure network, a process called interoperability.

    Health Information Exchange (HIE) can be accomplished in different ways, and the needs and requirements vary by practice.

    Find Out How You Can Share Patient Information
  • What could a TMA membership mean for you, your practice, and your patients?

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    The Security Risk Assessment Tool by the ONC is a free tool designed to help practices with one to 10 physicians identify their risks and vulnerabilities with electronic protected health information (ePHI) and then implement appropriate security measures.

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     Enroll in Proactive LifeLock® Identity Theft Protection
    You have a home security system that alerts you if someone tries to rob your house. To be protected, you need an alarm system for your identity. compliance.

     

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  • Before You Sign: 10 Tips for Tech Contracts

    How can you be sure you’re getting the best deal from your technology vendor?

    You can’t be absolutely sure of course, but a few modifications to your vendor contract can help you avoid much of the risk associated with buying technology.

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    Coker Group offers TMA physician members free technology contract review services.

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    Get discounts on thousands of electronics and accessories.
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  • Advocacy

    Here are the latest comment letters and articles by TMA regarding health information technology and the Quality Payment Program (QPP):

    TMA Comment Letter to CMS RE: Requested Feedback on Medicare and Medicaid COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Flexibilities (Oct. 26, 2021)

    TMA Comment Letter to Urban Institute on Draft Developer-Reported Measures for the Electronic Health Record Reporting Program (Sept. 14, 2021)

    TMA Comment Letter to CMS on the 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule (Sept. 13, 2021)

    TMA Comment Letter to the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) (July 30, 2021)

    TMA Comment Letter to the ONC Re: USCDI v2 (April 15, 2021)

    TMA Letter to the FCC Re: COVID-19 Telehealth Program Application Evaluation Metrics (Jan. 14, 2021)

    TMA Comment Letter to CMS on Payer APIs and Medicaid CHIP Prior Authorization Proposed Rule (Jan. 4, 2021) Read the TMT article

    TMA Comment Letter to CMS Re: Medicare Program; CY 2021 Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Changes to Part B Payment Policies of Proposed Rulemaking (Oct. 5, 2020)

    TMA’s Comment Letter on the CMS Electronic Prescribing for Controlled Substances (EPCS) Request for Information (Sept. 25, 2020)

    TMA Comment Letter to the DEA Re: Interim Final Rule on E-Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS) (June 22, 2020)

    TMA Comment Letter to the OIG Re: Anti Kickback Statute (Dec. 31, 2019)

    TMA Comment Letter to CMS Re: Stark Law (Dec. 31, 2019)

    AMA House Rejects MIPS Plan (Texas Medicine Today, Nov. 20, 2019)

    TMA Comment Letter on 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and MACRA Quality Payment Program (QPP) Proposed Rule (Sept. 27, 2019)

    TMA Comment Letter to CMS on Secure Electronic Prior Authorization for Medicare Part D (Aug. 16, 2019)

    TMA Comments to ONC on TEFCA Draft Two (June 17, 2019)

    Texans Invite AMA to Join Crusade to Fix QPP (Texas Medicine Today, June 5, 2019)

    TMA Comment Letter to ONC on Information Blocking (June 3, 2019)

    TMA Comment Letter to CMS on Interoperability and Patient Access (June 3, 2019)

    Sign Letter Urging Congress to Address EHR Usability

    TMA Comment Letter to ONC Re: Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden with EHRs (Jan. 28, 2019)

    TMA Comment Letter to ONC Re: the EHR Reporting Program Request for Information (Oct. 17, 2018)

    TMA Comment Letter on 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and QPP Proposed Rule (Sept. 10, 2018)

    TMA Comments on Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems Rule (June 25, 2018)

    TMA Comment Letter to ONC Re: Draft Trusted Exchange Framework (Feb. 20, 2018)

    TMA Wins MIPS Exemption for Many Harvey-Affected Practices (Action, Dec. 15, 2017)

    TMA Comments on 2018 MACRA Program  (Aug. 21, 2017)

    TMA Letter to CMS Re: Proposed Rules On the Medicare and Medicaid Incentive Programs that are Part of the Hospital Inpatient and Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment Systems (June 13, 2017) 

    TMA Outlines EHR Concerns for House Chair (Action, Mar. 1, 2017)

    TMA Letter to House Chair, Kevin Brady Re: Health Information Exchange (Feb. 15, 2017)

    TMA, AMA Letter Asking CMS to Defer Implementation of the 2015 Edition of Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT) (Feb. 27, 2017)

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