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  • iconPhysician-Led Results: Grassroots Advocacy Paid Off in Tangible Wins at the Capitol - 6/15/2022 9:56:35 PM

    InsuranceMedicaidLiabilityScope of PracticeTelemedicinePublic HealthMedical Education PHYSICIAN-LED RESULTS By Joey Berlin AFTER MORE THAN four months of masking up, logging on, and clicking “send,” it all paid off handsomely. Texas physicians ma...

  • iconInfant Formula Shortage: What Physician Practices Need to Know - 5/31/2022 7:55:47 PM

    The recent nationwide shortage of baby formula has prompted many families to contact their child’s physician for help finding formula, or with questions about safe alternatives.  Many factors have contributed to the shortage: the temporary shu...

  • iconPicking the Right Battles: TMA Stands Up for Medicine in the Courts - 5/31/2022 3:51:01 AM

    When a big point of legal contention arises – “big” meaning impactful for Texas physicians and their patients – the Texas Medical Association responds big. That’s been the case for decades, including in the courts.   &#...

  • iconTMA Board of Councilors Current Opinions - 5/18/2022 5:44:01 PM

    TMA Board of Councilors Current Opinions INTRODUCTION The Board of Councilors serves as the ethical policy making body of the Texas Medical Association. First constituted in 1903, the Board is composed of a Councilor and Vice Councilor from the 15 ...

  • iconTMA Women Physicians Section GroupMe - 5/16/2022 9:06:54 PM

    Join the TMA-WPS GroupMe!  This is an opportunity for TMA woman physician section members to converse informally, collaborate, and exchange information. Scan the QR Code to join. ...

  • iconTake Care of Your Financial Well-Being - 5/16/2022 7:15:45 PM

    Finances can be one of the biggest sources of stress for physicians. Paying back student loans, budgeting for personal/family needs, investing, and planning for retirement can be overwhelming at times. But maintaining your financial well-being does...

  • iconTMA Ask the Expert: Practical Guidance for Employed and Independent Physicians - 5/4/2022 5:48:17 PM

    Employed physicians and their colleagues in independent practice face different challenges. But all Texas physicians, whether an employee or an employer, can take advantage of guidance from the Texas Medical Association. During two recent TMA Ask t...

  • iconShareable Graphic: The Right Mask to Wear - 4/5/2022 2:11:09 AM

    With reputable masking guidance shifting with the science, and with misinformation plaguing public health efforts, it’s likely your patients have expressed confusion on masks. Here to help clear up some of the current confusion is a shareable graphi...

  • iconExpect a More Serious Flu Season – and Test Accordingly, DSHS Says - 4/5/2022 1:36:38 AM

    In 2021, precautions that people took against COVID-19 – like masking and social distancing – helped create an unusually light flu season, says Jennifer Shuford, MD, chief state epidemiologist at the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). ...

  • iconDonald Murphey, MD: Helping Kids Through the Chaos of COVID - 3/23/2022 10:07:03 PM

    This is the first in a series of TMA member profiles showing how COVID-19 has shaped Texas physicians, their patients, and the practice of medicine. Have a story to share? Email Joey Berlin. Recently, a colleague asked Donald Murphey, MD, what his “...

  • iconFrom the Valley to the Top: Incoming President E. Linda Villarreal, MD - 2/18/2022 11:37:56 PM

    When E. Linda Villarreal, MD, tells you, “My passion is medicine,” purer truth is hard to imagine. The Edinburg internist has pursued medicine – and the betterment of the profession – through every conceivable end and repeated personal trials. Ther...

  • iconAllies in Medicine: TMA Alliance Champions Physicians, Families - 2/16/2022 3:45:12 PM

    When a disturbing trend emerged in the Lubbock emergency department where Eman Attaya, MD, works, it sparked the idea for what has become the Texas Medical Association’s newest public health campaign designed to help families better control how much ...

  • iconFree TMA Practice E-Tips Helps Your Practice Run Right - 12/29/2021 11:07:57 PM

    Texas Medicine Today delivers to TMA members like you practical tips for managing a medical practice in Texas.   Each TMA practic e-tip gives you hands-on, use-it-now advice on coding, billing, payment, HIPAA compliance, office policies an...

  • iconFind the Right EHR With TMA’s Updated Comparison Tool - 12/15/2021 6:16:22 PM

    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, funct...

  • iconTexas’ Expanded Medical Cannabis Program: What You Need to Know - 12/13/2021 7:36:44 PM

    Legal uses for medical cannabis in Texas have reached an all-time high. Soaring even higher is interest in the Texas Compassionate Use Program (TCUP) under which physicians can prescribe it. Since the Texas Legislature paved the way for the fir...

  • iconKnow State and Payer Rules for Clean Claims - 12/3/2021 7:02:42 PM

    Filing a clean claim gives you protections under Texas’ prompt pay law (from payers that are subject to the law). For a claim to be “clean” you don’t have to fill out every field on the 837 electronic claim form or the CMS-1500 paper form, just the r...

  • iconStrength in Numbers: Women Physicians Seek to Change the Culture of Medicine - 12/2/2021 7:22:10 PM

    When Tina Philip, DO, joined the Texas Medical Association as a medical student in the early 2000s, she was outnumbered. Women made up less than 25% of TMA’s ranks at the time, and she was one of few women serving on the association’s Committee on Me...

  • iconA Texas Trailblazer: May Owen, MD, a Medical Pioneer and TMA’s First Female President - 12/1/2021 1:54:59 AM

    On May 27, 1936, May Owen, MD, answered a scientific riddle in a speech before the Texas Medical Association, explaining research that would soon make her a statewide celebrity. The name of the paper she read that day, “Peritoneal Response to Glove P...

  • iconTen Years Later: TMA Advocacy Nets Investments in Women’s Health - 12/1/2021 1:54:11 AM

    A decade ago, the Texas Legislature made a funding decision that devasted low-income women’s access to health care and the physicians and community clinics that care for them. In crafting the final budget for 2012-13, the 2011 legislature cut funding...

  • iconGet to Know the 2022 TMAF Gala Co-Chairs - 10/27/2021 5:00:43 PM

    The Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMA) annual gala fundraiser helps make TMA’s population health, science, and quality-of-care programs possible. And it’s a direct way for TMA members and their families to participate in the numerous initiati...

  • iconKnow Your ADA Obligations - 10/11/2021 8:08:08 PM

    If someone asked you about your training on federal requirements for accommodating patients with disabilities, would your answer sound something like this? “Oh golly. I have no idea. I’m sure I had to read or study something sometime. I’ve been doin...

  • iconMedical Records and the Divorced Parent - 10/7/2021 4:51:18 PM

    Q. Do both divorced parents have a right to access the information in their minor child’s chart? A. Both parents have the right to access the child’s medical records unless specifically limited by the court granting the divorce. According to Texas ...

  • iconWhat Texas Physicians Need to Know About COVID-19 Boosters - 10/4/2021 7:31:36 PM

    COVID-19 booster shots are important for some groups of vaccinated people, and recent events have added to confusion about who can and should get them, and when. This article seeks to clarify some of that confusion.  While administering booster...

  • iconFamily of Funds Nursing Scholarships - 9/21/2021 6:29:53 PM

    TMAF Hispanic Nursing Scholarship Trust Fund of Dr. Roberto J. and Agniela (Annie) M. Bayardo  This inaugural trust under the Family of Funds program provides scholarships annually for nursing students in Harris and Travis counties. It is ...

  • iconEight Reasons Your New Employee Didn’t Work Out - 9/17/2021 4:09:07 PM

    Hiring the right employee isn't an easy job, nor a particularly fun one. But taking the time to think it through and do it right is well worth it. You don't want to do it all over again in a couple of months because your recent new hire didn't work ...

  • iconNo Escape: COVID-19 Continues to Exacerbate Physician Burnout - 9/17/2021 3:07:22 PM

        Part of why COVID-19 has had such a devastating impact on the physician psyche isn’t just what’s been happening inside America’s medical settings since March 2020. It’s also what’s been happening outside – the same restrictions, b...

  • iconHiring the Right Person for Your Practice - 9/7/2021 9:40:13 PM

    Hiring the right people is critical to the success of your practice, as management and staff are one of your biggest expenses and turnover is both disruptive and costly. Attracting good candidates and evaluating them wisely can be more difficult than...

  • iconTalk to Patients About: Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) - 9/6/2021 6:29:27 PM

    The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is the early warning system for vaccine safety in the U.S. While it’s important for identifying vaccine side effects, the data it collects can be misunderstood. The Centers for Disease Control and P...

  • iconCommentary: This Is Different - 8/31/2021 5:59:33 PM

    As physicians we’re used to encountering illness on a daily basis. And 18 months in, COVID-19 illnesses are unfortunately all too familiar.  But this wave is different. Even in our profession, never did we expect it to go on this long. Never di...

  • iconGet to Know Texas’ New and Improved Immunization Tracking Service - 8/6/2021 11:27:27 PM

    Pop quiz: What is the recommended age range for giving a fourth dose of the Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccine? If you said 15 to 18 months, you clearly know a lot about vaccines. That means you probably already know about ...

  • iconBe in the Know When You Purchase an EHR - 7/1/2021 9:45:55 PM

    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 cap...

  • iconHealth Coverage Extensions Will Help Mothers, Children - 6/28/2021 7:19:36 PM

    June 28, 2021  New Laws Prolong Health Insurance for Potentially Vulnerable People Women can access critical health care longer after delivering their babies, and more children will continue uninterrupted medical care, thanks to two new bills...

  • iconPhysician-Led Results: Big Steps Forward in Medicaid, Maternal Health - 6/23/2021 2:45:35 PM

    One of the Texas Medical Association’s biggest wins this session came in the partial realization of medicine’s longtime advocacy to extend Medicaid coverage for postpartum maternal care. House Bill 133, authored by Toni Rose (D-Dallas) and sponsored...

  • iconBailey Caps Trying Year as AMA President, Inspires Physicians to Continue Leadership - 6/21/2021 8:44:29 PM

    In a speech concluding a historic and challenging term as American Medical Association president, Fort Worth allergist and immunologist Susan R. Bailey, MD, shared sympathetic and inspiring words for her colleagues ...

  • iconLet Your Patients Know You Use Telemedicine - 6/14/2021 5:56:08 PM

    During the COVID-19 public health emergency, many state and federal waivers were put in place to help expand the use of telemedicine.   That was all good news as many practices struggled financially because of decreased in-person patient visits...

  • iconLonger Coverage, Longer Lives: COVID-19 Relief Bill Could Help With Medicaid Postpartum Coverage - 5/24/2021 4:01:31 PM

    The traditional school of thought in treating postpartum illness “that all things related to pregnancy are resolved by six weeks is just simply not true.”  Which is why physicians like McAllen obstetrician-gynecologist Tony Ogburn, MD, who care for...

  • iconRemo Hacks Tips and Things to Know - 5/13/2021 5:10:20 PM

  • iconCOVID-19: Telemedicine - 5/4/2021 5:52:14 PM

      Go to the COVID-19 Resource Center.   FAQs and "How-to's" Telemedicine: What You Need To Know for COVID-19 and Beyond Telemedicine: Getting Started – TMA “how-to” guide   Legal Texas Laws and Regulations Relating to Tele...

  • iconProtecting Your Security: TMA-Improved Breach Notice Bill Passes House - 4/29/2021 7:25:32 PM

    Sweating the details on a bill that would require public notifications of systems breaches, TMA helped improve the measure this week to ensure it won’t leave physicians open to further hacking, and the bill passed the Texas House of Representatives o...

  • iconRelief Package Extends Employee Health Insurance Benefits: What You Should Know - 4/21/2021 6:33:58 PM

    If your practice has had to terminate or reduce staff hours – causing them to lose their health insurance benefits – the latest federal COVID-19 relief package includes an extension of COBRA benefits that allows employees to stay on a company-sponsor...

  • iconThreat Level High: Ransomware a Bigger Threat - 4/1/2021 9:54:26 PM

    COVID-19 has made a booming illicit business – ransomware – boom even louder. And the more medical practices and organizations fall victim to ransomware cyberattacks, the more illustrative it becomes how important it is to prevent such an attack, whi...

  • iconKnow When to Use Modifier 26 in Medicare Claims - 4/1/2021 5:21:57 PM

    When Medicare procedures have both professional and technical components, modifiers 26 and TC may come into play. You should append modifier 26, “professional component” to a procedure code when you perform only the professional component of the serv...

  • iconSenate Committee Unanimously Passes Bill to De-Fuse Youth E-Cigarette Use - 3/31/2021 6:16:38 PM

    UNDER THE ROTUNDA  Houston pediatrician Lindy McGee, MD, represented TMA in this morning’s Senate Finance Committee hearing to explain one of TMA’s top public-health priorities this session: Reining in electronic cigarette use among Texas’ yout...

  • iconTMA Calling on Lawmakers to Strengthen Texas’ Vaccine Requirements - 3/28/2021 7:14:37 PM

    Vaccines are one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, and they help keep people and the economy healthy. The COVID-19 pandemic “clearly illustrates what can happen when a vaccine does not exist to ward off deadly d...

  • iconAsk the Expert: What You Need to Know About E-Prescribing Controlled Substances - 3/22/2021 5:51:57 PM

    You are probably already aware that all physicians in Texas have been required to electronically prescribe controlled substances beginning Jan. 1.  But did you know there are several waivers and exceptions to the state requirements?  ...

  • iconGetting Started in Texas - 3/17/2021 11:43:45 PM

    Welcome to Texas! As the saying goes, everything is bigger and better in Texas. And that holds true for the Texas Medical Association. More than 53,000 physicians and medical students have chosen to be members of TMA. That many of your col...

  • iconStay Vigilant When Considering COVID-19 Treatments, TMB Says - 3/5/2021 10:25:11 PM

    The Texas Medical Board (TMB) and Texas Medical Association remind physicians to continue to use strong medical judgment when considering drugs and therapies to treat COVID-19 and to take all appropriate steps when making any treatment decision. “Bo...

  • iconTen Things to Know to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines - 3/5/2021 5:53:27 PM

    State health officials have begun distributing COVID-19 vaccines across the state, based on guiding principles that prioritize essential health care workers and vulnerable populations.   There are numerous requirements and steps ...

  • iconPhysicians Are Right to Avoid Wasting Vaccine - 2/4/2021 5:59:13 PM

    February 4, 2021 Statement by Texas Medical Association (TMA) President Diana L. Fite, MD, and Harris County Medical Society President Gary J. Sheppard, MD, about situations physicians and health care workers might face when trying to administer a...

  • iconHungering for a Solution: Physicians Can Help Tackle Food Insecurity - 2/1/2021 9:00:17 PM

    Not long after COVID-19 hit Texas last March, pediatricians at Austin Regional Clinic (ARC) began screening patients for food insecurity. The timing was coincidental but fortunate given the pandemic’s economic toll, says Austin pediatrician Sangeeta ...