• Other Issues

    • Open Payments Review and Dispute Period Ends May 15

      The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the beginning of the 45-day Open Payments review and dispute period. After the conclusion of the review and dispute period on May 15, 2016, CMS will publish the 2015 payment data and updates to 2013 and 2014 data on June 30, 2016.  
  • Health Information Technology Advocacy

    • Health Information Exchanges
      What are health information exchanges (HIEs) and how can you use them to securely access and share patient information at the point of care? What about liability? What is TMA doing to make it safer and easier for physicians to share information over HIEs?
    • HIT Survival Kit
      The Technology Survival Kit is designed to help members navigate and better utilize TMA's health information technology (HIT) resources.
    • New TMA White Paper Paints Path to Patient Engagement
      Technology is giving patients many new ways to create, access, and control their health information. A new TMA white paper, "Electronic Patient Engagement Tools: A Guide for Physicians," shows physicians how to make the most of the changes. Patient engagement is closely aligned with, but not identical to, patient-centered care, the white paper explains.
    • Health Information Technology
      EHRs, HIEs, meaningful use, e-prescribing. All the new tech that's invading physicians' back offices. How to keep up, how to stay in compliance. What TMA is doing to make all of this work better for you and your patients -- without all the hassle.
    • TMA Wants Meaningful Use Hardship Exception
      TMA President Tom Garcia, MD, told U.S. Rep. Tom Price, MD (R-GA), in a letter that TMA supports his H.R. 3940, the Meaningful Use Hardship Relief Act of 2015. The bill authorizes a meaningful use significant hardship exception for the 2015 reporting period due to the delay in timely publication of the Stage 2 meaningful use rule. Support for HR 3940 is part of TMA's advocacy efforts to put the meaning back in meaningful use.
  • Telemedicine

    • Wins
      TMA Wins Big for You in 2015 Legislative Session - In a 2015 legislative session marked by new state leadership, new money, and big shifts in how Texas' major health care agencies oversee care delivery, the House of Medicine remained as steady as ever in its mission to ensure physicians can give their patients the best care possible. That resolve paid off in significant victories that largely build on the Texas Medical Association's 2013 legislative successes.
    • TMA's Advocacy Priorities
      Healthy Vision 2020. That's TMA's strategic roadmap for TMA's state and federal advocacy initiatives for the remainder of the decade. It covers our work for physicians and patients in the Texas Legislature, U.S. Congress, and state and federal agencies. If you don’t know where you’re going, the old saying goes, you don’t need a map. Any road will take you there. But if you have a crystal clear vision of your destination, you need an equally detailed roadmap.
    • Seeking Invalidation
      Teladoc's lawsuit against the Texas Medical Board claims TMB rules that require telemedicine physicians to conduct a physical patient examination to establish a proper patient-physician relationship are not immune from an antitrust challenge.
    • Texas Legislature
      The Texas Legislature meets in regular session for only 140 days every two years. But for TMA, advocating at the legislature for physicians and patients is a full-time operation. From educating lawmakers and their staff about key health care issues to preparing physicians to testify before committees to lobbying for votes, the Texas Capitol is the No. 1 focus of the association. Read what we've done lately to help and how you can get involved.
  • TMA Caring for Veterans

    • TMA Caring for Veterans
      We’ve all read and heard about the long waits our veterans must endure to see a doctor. A VA audit found that nearly 60,000 new patients nationwide waited up to three months for care. In Texas facilities, the average wait time for a new patient to get a primary care appointment ranged from 31 days in Amarillo to 85 in Harlingen and McAllen. Find out what TMA is doing to help our veterans.
    • TMA: Veterans Choice Program is Not Working
      Statement of Texas Medical Association President Austin I. King, MD, in response to today’s Associated Press report of continued lengthy delays for Texans seeking care from Veterans Affairs health clinics
    • Identification and Management of Suicide Risk in U.S. Military Veterans
      Suicide is a devastating outcome of major public health importance. In the United States, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death across all ages and the seventh leading cause of death in males. Suicide rates vary considerably across population subgroups. U.S. military veterans may have an increased risk of suicide compared with the general population. Veterans represent around 10 percent of U.S. adults but account for 20 percent of completed suicides, and approximately 18 to 22 veterans die from suicide each day. In addition, a considerable body of research suggests an increased risk for suicide among veterans seeking services from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The increased risk for suicide among veterans has recently captured tremendous public attention and led the VA to declare the prevention of suicide to be a major national priority. The VA has launched comprehensive suicide prevention efforts and has collaborated with the Department of Defense (DoD) to develop a clinical practice guideline based on best available evidence and expert consensus. This article discusses considerations for suicide risk assessment and intervention, mostly derived from the VA/DoD clinical practice guideline. It also briefly reviews the VA suicide prevention program and the importance of veteran suicide risk assessment in primary care settings.
  • More Top Stories

    • Invest In Preventive Care for Low-Income
      Despite significant gains in women’s health care funding and access last session, more work remains. Increasing the number of women who enroll in the Texas Women’s Health Program, Expanded Primary Health Care Program, and family planning programs, as well as increasing the number of physicians and clinics who participate, will be essential to Texas’ efforts to improve maternal health and birth outcomes.
    • State Pilot to Streamline Medicare-Medicaid Patient Care
      When San Antonio pulmonologist John Holcomb, MD, treats patients enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid, he knows he's dealing with a particularly fragile population that has little to no income and is elderly or has a disability. Neither these so-called "dual-eligible" patients nor the physicians treating them have it easy.
    • ACA Exchange Plans: Questions and Answers for Texas Physicians
      Confused by all you’ve heard about the Affordable Care Act marketplace insurance plans? Do you know whether you're in — or out — of the narrow networks? How will you tell if a patient is on an exchange plan? What happens to you if patients don't make their premium payments? What, if anything, can you do about all of this? TMA answers these and other tough marketplace exchange questions. MembersOnlyRed