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When physicians opt to leave a group setting and start a private practice, they often face the challenge of setting up the new practice while still working at their group practice. With numerous legal, staffing, and real estate hurdles to face in establishing a practice, many physicians have found Texas Medical Association Practice Consulting an invaluable tool that can save time, money, and energy.
Resources & Tools For Your Practice
TMA's Policies & Procedures -
A Guide for Medical Practices
contains more than 200 up-to-date policies and procedures, tools, sample letters, and forms you can customize for your office. TMA's easy-to-use guide is specific to Texas medical practices.
Deadlines for Doctors
TMA has developed
Deadlines for Doctors
, a web-based regulatory compliance tool giving you and your staff a big-picture view of upcoming state and federal compliance timelines and key health policy issues that impact Texas physicians.
TMA’S MEDICAL CLASSIFIEDS
Are you looking for a position or to hire a medical professional?
TMA’s Medical Classifieds
allow you to easily view medical job openings, and post job openings for your own practice.
Interested in literature to help your practice operate more efficiently? Browse through
which are available to purchase online.
TMA Practice Resource Guide
TMA's Practice Vendor Guide is a comprehensive listing of companies that provide products and services to medical practice professionals. You can use this guide as a reference when seeking reputable practice management resources throughout the year! When contacting any of the companies listed, be sure to let them know you found them through the TMA Practice Vendor Guide!
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Helpful Practice Information
When Disaster Strikes, Ask for a Claims Filing Extension
You know Texas weather. In 2015, floods, blizzards, tornadoes, and windstorms plagued the state. Some physician practices experienced severe damage, and they had to scramble to get back on their feet. Under Texas prompt payment laws, you may be able get an extension of the 95-day claims filing deadline if you believe you will not be able to meet it for some claims because of a catastrophic event, like a tornado.
PAs and APRNs: How Do These Midlevels Differ?
Physicians interested in hiring a midlevel practitioner for their practice sometimes wonder whether they should hire a physician assistant (PA) or an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN).
Use These Four Steps With Irate Patients
When faced with a highly emotional patient, your tendency most likely is to be logical, quoting policy and trying to reach a solution so you can get the patient out of the office. But when emotions are high, logic is low, says author Barbara Pickelman in
Rx for Success: Communication Skills for Staff
. So your first task is to lower the emotional level of the patient so you can negotiate a reasonable solution.
Copy Fees for Mental Health Records
Do Texas Medical Board rules regarding fees for copying medical records apply to mental health records? TMA’s newly updated, free white paper answers this question about fees and more.
Style Matters in Written Instructions
Want to make it easier for your patients to follow that diet, prep correctly for a procedure, or view and download their health information (a meaningful use measure)?
These Workplace Posters Should Be on Your Walls
Along with any decorative prints or motivational signs that might adorn the walls in the employees-only areas of your practice, posters about up to a dozen laws must be on display.
Selling or Closing a Practice?
Red Tape Kills Venerable Medical Practice
After 40 years of service and more than 20 years together, the physicians at Austin Internal Medicine Associates (AIMA) will be closing their doors for good Sept. 4. The physicians cited burdensome regulations ― including electronic health record (EHR) requirements and the looming switch to a new medical billing and coding system called ICD-10 ― as factors in their decision to close.
Survey: Bureaucracy Crushing Texas Physicians
More than half of Texas doctors plan in the next three years to cut back on work hours or the number of patients they see, find another job in health care that doesn’t involve seeing patients, or retire, according to The Physicians Foundation’s 2014 Survey of America’s Physicians.
Preparing for the Worst
Unexpected deaths profoundly impact those left behind. And in the case of physicians, their deaths have financial and business implications they must address in advance. Professional planning allows physicians to address call coverage, management, and administration of the medical practice and helps ensure the orderly continuation of practice operations.
Three Steps That Could Save Your Practice’s Life
What would happen to your practice if you suffered an extended illness or a temporary — or permanent — disability? Solo physicians should take three important steps to make their practice ready to go on immediate life support in event of an extended illness or disability.
Patient Notification of Practice Transitions
Is patient notification required when a solo physician joins a group, sells his or her practice assets to a practice management corporation, or the like?
Notifying Your Patients When You Leave a Practice
I am an employed physician who is preparing to leave the large practice where I work. Am I responsible for sending letters to my patients about my move, or is the practice responsible?
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