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Get Awarded For Your Quality Work in 2018 - 04/12/2019

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.


CyberCompass - 03/08/2019

Get access to affordable security risk analysis and HIPAA compliance software that doesn’t require expertise to use. Just answer simple questions and CyberCompass™ will tell you what steps to take to manage HIPAA compliance.


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.


Commentary: Clear direction needed - 05/03/2018

The best course for providing health care lies between entitlements and options


CMS Announces Changes to QIO Program - 04/19/2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on May 9 awarded Ohio-based KePRO the Beneficiary and Family-Centered Care Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program contract for Texas, 32 other states, and the District of Columbia.


TMF Health Quality Institute Wins QIO Contract - 04/19/2018

The TMF Health Quality Institute won the five-year Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.


TMF Resources Can Help You Navigate CMS Requirements - 04/19/2018

Physicians looking for help navigating the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), meaningful use, and value-based payment modifier programs can benefit from TMF's Quality Innovation Network.


Law Sheds Light on Industry Payments to Physicians - 04/17/2018

Later this year under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will make public physician payments reported by manufacturers of drugs, medical devices, and biologicals that participate in federal health care programs.


New Medicare ID Cards Arriving Soon - 04/17/2018

Starting this month, Medicare patients might begin showing up at your practice with new identification cards.


New Medicare Card Means Updates to CMS Forms - 04/17/2018

So you’ve heard about the new Medicare ID card for patients. But wait — there’s paper to go with that plastic.


Clearing Up the Myths - 04/17/2018

The Texas Medical Association is helping educate physicians on a new law that requires Texas physicians who diagnose a child with Down syndrome to provide parents with state-prepared, evidence-based information on the disorder.


A Bump in the Road? Trucker Med Exam Registry Down - 02/13/2018

The online registry for physicians to become certified medical examiners for interstate commercial drivers — such as bus drivers and truckers — has been down for more than two months, an official with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said. Physicians use that same system to upload the results of the drivers’ medical exams.


TMA: Process to Remove SSNs from Medicare ID Cards Will Cause Confusion, Delays - 05/15/2017

Removing patients' Social Security numbers from their Medicare ID cards is needed to protect their privacy, TMA and other medical societies say, but the way it's being handled will cause unnecessary confusion and delays in care.