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The Updated Skinny on Texas’ Surprise Billing Law - 07/08/2020

The Texas Medical Association has updated its white paper on Texas’ law for settling out-of-network billing disputes involving state-regulated health plans.


Clear as Mud? Federal Rule Will Mandate Hospitals to Post Prices on a Menu of Services - 04/30/2020

From electronic health records to quality reporting, today’s physicians deal with plenty of distractions from patient care. Starting in 2021, hospital-employed physicians may find themselves adding another one: explaining to patients the difference between their hospital’s multiple published prices for the same service.


TDI Fines Blue Cross $10 Million for Delays, Errors - 03/11/2020

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas will pay a $10 million fine for providing consumers incorrect information, delays in out-of-network claims processing, and errors in marketing materials, the Texas Department of Insurance has announced.


The PMP Requirement Begins - 02/28/2020

With EHR integration in place, physicians must check the state prescription monitoring program (PMP) prior to prescribing an opioid starting March 1.


Update: TMB Clears Up Questions About PMP Checks for Inpatient Care - 02/21/2020

Will you be required to check the Texas Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) when a patient is admitted to a hospital or emergency department? Will you be required to check PMP Aware upon admission? What if you need to prescribe those medications while the patient is in that facility? The Texas Medical Board issued guidance on those very questions this week.


Help Patients Stand Up to Be Counted in the Census - 02/05/2020

Physicians can improve census reporting by stressing the census’ importance to patients and explaining that it’s safe. The information people give is private and guarded from other branches of federal, state, and local governments. People will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail March 12, and the final counting will end July 31.


Changes Coming to Certain Informed Consent Forms - 01/02/2020

The Texas Medical Disclosure Panel has adopted changes to two informed consent forms, which will take effect at the beginning of 2020. The panel made amendments to its Disclosure and Consent for Medical Care and Surgical Procedures form and its Disclosure and Consent for Hysterectomy form.


Doctors Can Prohibit Handguns in Medical Offices - 10/24/2019

If you're not exactly jazzed about the thought of patients carrying handguns into your medical practice next year, you can do something to prevent it. House Bill 910 by Rep. Larry Phillips (R-Sherman) goes into effect Jan. 1, 2016, and it allows Texans with handgun licenses to openly carry their handguns in a hip or shoulder holster. TMA has received questions regarding whether physicians can post a notice at their practices prohibiting anyone from entering with a handgun – concealed or openly. The answer depends on the type of property the medical office is located on. Generally, a private property owner may post notice prohibiting the carrying of handguns   , but HB 910 contains many requirements. TMA's white paper, titled [insert title and link], has more information for physicians.


Be Careful With Covenants Not to Compete - 09/09/2019

Almost every contract has an escape hatch — but you might have to escape to a place you don't want to be.


Yes, You Do Have to Comply With a MIPS Audit Request - 08/14/2019

TMA finally received clarification from CMS: If you receive an Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) audit request for the 2017 and/or 2018 performance years, compliance is indeed mandatory, and there are possible punishments for noncompliance.


TMA to Congress: Undo Payment Freeze, Help Physicians With MACRA - 06/25/2019

Physicians participating in the Quality Payment Program’s Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and alternative payment models need help from Congress to succeed, and lawmakers need to undo an upcoming freeze on Medicare payments. That’s what the American Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association, and dozens of other medical societies told House of Representatives and Senate leaders in both parties in a letter sent last week.


Get Awarded For Your Quality Work in 2018 - 05/23/2019

Did you submit Merit-Based Incentive Payment System data for the 2018 Quality Payment Program and feel like you deserve some kind of recognition for your hard work all year long? Apply now for the 2018-19 Physician Practice Quality Improvement Award.


Deadline to Submit 2018 MIPS Data is April 2 - 03/27/2019

If you plan to participate in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, submitting your data for 2018 on time is not something to fool around with. That’s why the Texas Medical Association reminds you that the deadline to submit data for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’2018 Quality Payment Program is April 2 – the day after April Fool’s Day.


Death Certificate Problems Being Addressed, State Says - 03/06/2019

State health officials say they are continuing to address problems and long wait times associated with the rollout of the new TxEVER system for registering death and birth certificates. On Monday, DSHS officials told the Texas Medical Association that they significantly reduced wait times by shifting staff from other departments to handle customer service phone lines.


Expect HEDIS Records Requests From Third Parties - 02/28/2019

If a company called Ciox Health contacts your office on behalf of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas or UnitedHealthcare, it is because both insurers have contracted with Ciox to collect performance data they are required by law to report.


TMB Won’t Penalize Physicians For Technical Problems With Vital Registry - 01/28/2019

The Texas Medical Board confirmed Saturday that it will not take action against physicians who experience technical issues with Texas’ new vital statistics registry, TxEVER.


Is the PMP Working for You? - 01/16/2019

The Texas Medical Association, in collaboration with the Center for Health Communication at The University of Texas at Austin, invites you to share your expertise on using the Prescription Monitoring Program to help care for your patients.


TMA Wins Changes to Proposed Informed Consent Forms - 12/14/2018

The Texas Medical Disclosure Panel (TMDP) will take another run at amending its medical and surgical procedure form after the Texas Medical Association submitted strong objections to the form TMDP proposed in September.


New Prescription Form Requirements Delayed - 11/26/2018

The Texas State Board of Pharmacy has pushed back the date for when new prescription forms for certain controlled substances will be required.


Update: Glitches With State's Schedule II Prescription Forms Fixed - 09/21/2018

Some physicians have not been able to order new prescription forms for certain controlled substances because of problems with the state’s IT system, and the texas.gov website.


Procedures on Informed Consent Lists Revised - 09/04/2018

The Texas Medical Disclosure Panel recently approved changes to the lists of medical care and surgical procedures that require disclosure of specific risks and hazards.


Can 34,616 Physicians Be Wrong About MOC? - 08/09/2018

The recently released findings of a national survey show that only 12 percent of the 34,616 physicians who answered the survey value the MOC program. Forty-six percent said they have mixed feelings, and 41 percent said they do not value it.


Corporate Encroachment - 07/02/2018

Recent complaints suggest threats to Texas’ ban on corporate practice.


Receive an Economic Census Survey? It’s Due in June - 06/01/2018

If you received the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Census, your practice was one of nearly 4 million businesses of all sizes selected randomly to complete the survey. Your response is due by June 12.


Make Sure HIPAA Isn’t a Big Problem For Your Small Practice - 05/09/2018

To help you get a grasp on the basics of HIPAA, the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights is offering free training in Texas.