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The Legacy of ARIES: Outdated Technology Interferes with HIV/AIDS Treatment - 02/18/2020

Texas developed the AIDS Regional Information and Evaluation System in the early 1990s to administer federal grants from the then-new Ryan White program, which provides HIV- and AIDS-related health services for patients who can’t get health care coverage or financial resources any other way. Physicians say the reservoir of medical data can be valuable, and without it, they can’t get the funds they need to treat these patients. But the outdated reporting system – which still operates on 1990s technology – causes serious headaches and detracts from patient care.


What’s Your Experience with EHR? - 01/13/2020

Does your practice use an electronic health record (EHR)? If so, can you or someone on your staff spare an hour or two to help other practices that are considering switching to one? The Urban Institute is looking for physicians, other health care professionals, administrators, and information technology (IT) staff – particularly those in small or rural practices – to participate in online interviews Jan. 13 through 17.


Electronic Health Records: The Dream vs. the Reality - 12/27/2019

The only way forward with electronic health records is to continue to improve the system we have, but to do so with a vigor we have not expended to date. We need a significant increase in federal funding and to draw the best minds in technology to build a fully integrated system. We need significant input from physicians and nurses to create EHRs that are intuitive, efficient, and reliable.


“Patient Privacy Must Be Protected,” TMA Says in Response to Ascension-Google Partnership - 11/14/2019

Protecting sensitive patient health information should remain a top priority as technology and health care continue to intersect, Texas Medical Association President David C. Fleeger, MD, said Thursday in response to a partnership between Google and Ascension health system.


Medical Devices Could Be Vulnerable to Hackers, FDA Warns - 10/02/2019

Certain medical devices and hospital communications networks could contain cybersecurity vulnerabilities that could allow a remote attacker to take control of the device and change its function, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned on Tuesday.


Check Your EHR Settings by Oct. 1 - 10/01/2019

Tuesday is Oct. 1, so if you participate in Medicaid and/or Medicare incentive payment programs, hopefully you’ve already upgraded to the 2015 certified electronic health record technology.


The Promise of Artificial Intelligence - 09/27/2019

“Prepare Yourselves, Robots Will Soon Replace Doctors in Healthcare,” screamed the headline in a 2017 Forbes magazine article. Media coverage like that makes it easy to see why artificial intelligence (AI) sounds like scary science fiction to some physicians.


How Can You Exchange Patient Data? - 08/08/2019

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.


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.   


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.