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Feds Launch Phase 2 of HIPAA Compliance Audits - 05/30/2019

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has launched Phase 2 of its HIPAA audit program. FCi Federal will conduct the audits for OCR. The new round of audits will assess physicians' compliance with HIPAA's patient privacy provisions.


Get Dates of Service Right on Medicare Claims - 05/30/2019

When you a perform a Medicare service that is global, has both a professional and a technical component, or spans days or months, you need to know what date Medicare considers to be the official date of service when you file your claim. Here is some guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) about coding and billing dates of service on professional claims.


Get Started on Your HIPAA Security Risk Analysis - 03/13/2019

If you lost a laptop or smartphone, got a computer virus, received a patient HIPAA complaint, or had a business associate breach, would you be prepared? Conducting a security risk analysis is a key requirement of the HIPAA Security Rule and a core requirement for physicians participating in the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record incentive programs.


Be in the Know When You Purchase an EHR - 02/15/2019

The recently updated 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 capabilities when comparing EHR systems.


Switching EHRs? Turn to TMA for Help - 12/06/2018

There are many things to consider when looking at a new EHR, including price, which functions suit your practice’s needs, and which vendors offer the right ones. If you’re considering switching to a new EHR, the Texas Medical Association has information and resources to help you make an informed decision.   


How Can You Exchange Patient Data? - 11/13/2018

Health Information Exchange can be accomplished in different ways, and the needs and requirements vary by practice. While there are numerous ways to accomplish HIE, there are four types of HIE that are currently in use.


New UnitedHealthcare Automated Services Can Save You Time - 11/13/2018

UnitedHealthcare says it has made it easier for you to submit records, have claims paid sooner, and access pharmacy benefit information.


EHR Vendors Behaving Badly; What Can You Do? - 08/27/2018

Have you had a problem with your electronic health record vendor not following through on its contractual obligations? Many practices don’t know how or where to get help.


Few Texas Physicians Forego HIT, Survey Shows - 07/13/2018

In June, TMA sent the survey to more than 44,000 physicians to get your opinions and experiences with health information technology. We want to ensure that HIT – including EHR, e-prescribing, and health information exchange – has a positive impact on you, your patients, and your practices.


TMA to Feds: EHRs Must Talk to Each Other - 06/27/2018

The Texas Medical Association is pushing the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to make sharing patient information through electronic health records safer, faster, and cheaper.


Texas Physicians Adjust to Electronic Communication - 06/25/2018

  Texas physicians adjust to electronic communication.


So Appy Together - 06/21/2018

DocbookMD is a secure, HIPAA-compliant, Texas Medical Association-endorsed communication app that allows physicians and their care teams to share real-time messages and images such as electrocardiograms and x-rays, resulting in more efficient care coordination. Physicians can send text messages and images to one another while meeting HIPAA encryption and security requirements. The app is available free to TMA and county medical society members. A paid version of the app is also available for hospitals and large groups.


HCA Healthcare Joins Greater Houston HIE - 06/06/2018

HCA Healthcare’s Gulf Coast Division recently became Southeast Texas’ final major health system to join Greater Houston Healthconnect, the region’s health information exchange.


DocbookMD Adds MedPage Today News for Physician Users - 04/20/2018

All TMA member physicians will soon be able to receive breaking medical news from MedPage Today from the DocbookMD app. DocbookMD has partnered with MedPage Today to provide physicians with an instant, trusted news service.


Check Your EHR Certification Compliance for Meaningful Use, MACRA - 04/19/2018

It's important to make sure your systems are compliant with the electronic health record (EHR) certification requirements for the meaningful use program and the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Certification ensures the EHR has all the necessary capabilities, functionalities, and security required so physicians can successfully attest to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) programs. Physicians must use at least a 2014-certified EHR to meet the meaningful use requirements for the 2017 program year. In 2018, physicians must have an EHR that meets the 2015 certification requirements for MACRA.  


Getting Patient Data From Your EHR: What Does Your Contract Say? - 04/19/2018

TMA is hearing from members who are trying to transition to another electronic health record (EHR) system and whose vendors are charging high fees to extract patient data. It may be time to review your EHR vendor contract again.


TMA Survey Documents the State of EHRs in Texas - 04/19/2018

TMA's biennial Physician Survey identifies emerging issues, tracks the impact of practice and economic changes, assesses physician priorities, and develops data to support TMA advocacy efforts. TMA has distilled the preliminary findings of one part of that survey into a two-page infographic that highlights Texas physicians' perceptions of the pros and cons of electronic health records (EHRs).


Electronic Medical Records: Beneficial or Detrimental? - 04/19/2018

The evolution of the EMR has been both great and challenging. It allows us to access patient records remotely, review vitals and test results as soon as they are completed, and easily share patient information among medical personnel. If used properly, it can also help with patient safety and transitions of care. But with the thoroughness the EMRs can provide, they can also be tedious and time-consuming.


Is Your Patients’ HIPAA-Protected Information Secure? - 03/09/2018

A guide from TMA-endorsed DocbookMD helps smaller practices understand the risks of using mobile devices and how to stay HIPAA-secure.


TMA Offers Cyber Security and Ransomware Tools - 01/31/2017

Ransomware has reached Texas, and its emergence highlights the importance of up-to-date security. Health care is particularly vulnerable to the ransomware threat. KPMG's 2015 Health Care and Cyber Security Survey, which polled 223 U.S.-based health care executives, found four-fifths of respondents said cyber attacks had compromised their information technology.


Meaningful Use Deadlines Approaching - 01/13/2017

If you're participating in the electronic health record (EHR) incentive program, pay attention to these upcoming attestation deadlines.


Meaningful Use Deadlines Are Approaching - 01/12/2017

If this is your first year to participate in the Medicare meaningful use program and you are trying to avoid the 2017 and 2018 penalties, you must successfully attest to meaningful use no later than Oct. 1, 2016. You can, however, attest by Feb. 28, 2017, to avoid the 2018 penalty. Returning Medicare program participants must successfully attest to meaningful use by Feb. 28, 2017, to avoid the 2018 penalty.


Year-End Checklist for Meaningful Use - 11/30/2016

The Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record incentive programs' 90-day reporting period for 2016 ends on Dec. 31. Now is a good time to review your meaningful use data and the program requirements to make sure you're on track.


Feds Cut Meaningful Use Reporting Period to 90 Days - 11/14/2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has reduced the meaningful use electronic health record (EHR) incentive program reporting period from a full year to 90 days in 2016. In 2017, physicians participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) will have several reporting options, including reporting on one patient to prevent a penalty, 90 days for a potential incentive, and a full year to receive an incentive. Physicians participating in the Medicaid meaningful use program will continue reporting the meaningful use measures for 2017 and will have a 90-day reporting period.


TMA PracticeEdge Is Looking to Grow - 11/14/2016

TMA PracticeEdge will expand to Dallas-Fort Worth and West Texas next year and is looking for primary care physicians and internal medicine specialists to anchor several new physician-led accountable care organizations (ACOs) there. Establishing a new physician-owned ACO from scratch typically requires a significant capital expenditure. The TMA PracticeEdge turnkey solution, however, includes the majority of the upfront financial outlay.