Health Information Technology

  • HIT 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

    Find the Right EHR With TMA’s Updated Comparison Tool

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    If you’re shopping for an electronic health record (EHR), the Texas Medical Association’s updated EHR Comparison Tool is the place to start investigating options. 
    This members-only benefit helps physicians identify product features, functionality, and pricing that will best suit their practice.

    Find Out More About EHRs
  • Ten Tips for Getting a Good Deal From Your Tech Vendor

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    Technology is an integral part of modern health care. But how can you pursue the best possible deal from your technology vendor? Larry Chu, MD, a member of the Texas Medical Association’s Committee on Health Information Technology, says you need to sweat the details of your vendor contract.

    Get Tips to Consider  
  • How to Renew Your Electronic Prescribing Hardship Waiver

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    Physicians and other prescribers in Texas must now electronically prescribe controlled substances (EPCS). However, prescribers who demonstrate financial or technical hardships, or other exceptional circumstances, are eligible for a waiver from the Texas Medical Board (TMB) that, if approved, grants a one-year delay. If the hardship persists, prescribers must renew that waiver annually.

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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  
  • 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?

  • 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 the ONC Re: USCDI v3 (Apr. 27, 2022)

    TMA Comment Letter to the ONC Re: Request for Information: Electronic Prior Authorization Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria (Mar. 25, 2022)

    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

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