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Information-Blocking Requirements to Expand Starting Oct. 6; Medicine Requests Delay - 09/30/2022

Since April 2021, federal rules requiring physicians to give patients prompt access to their electronic health information (EHI) have been focused on a narrow subset of those data. Starting Oct. 6, however, the so-called information-blocking requirements are set to broaden that scope significantly.


Making a SAFER EHR: This MIPS measure can help - 09/29/2022

Physicians have not always been big fans of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), but one aspect of MIPS can help physicians protect electronic health records (EHRs) from errors, hacking, and similar problems.


You've Got Direct Mail: Direct Messaging Offers Practice Benefits - 09/28/2022

Direct messaging is a low-cost, electronic communication method similar to email that allows physicians to exchange protected health information over the internet in a secure, HIPAA-compliant manner.


Physicians Need High-Value Health Information Exchange to Spur Adoption - 09/23/2022

Although health IT has progressed exponentially in the decade since the Health Information Technology and Economic Clinical Health (HITECH) Act was implemented, physicians are still challenged when it comes to interoperability. 


Get Ready for an EHR Upgrade by Dec. 31 to Comply With 21st Century Cures Act - 08/30/2022

Electronic health record vendors must conduct a major software upgrade by Dec. 31, and physician offices should be prepared.


Did DSHS Email You About a Criminal Background Check for Death Registry? Here’s What to Do to Maintain Access - 05/19/2022

Starting today, some Texas physicians will receive an email from the Texas Department of State Health Services asking them to complete a criminal background check to access TxEVER, the state’s vital records registry.


Data Transfer Problems Burdensome for Practices, TMA Tells Feds - 05/11/2022

The federal government is trying to standardize data sharing so electronic health records (EHRs) across the country can all speak the same language. The Texas Medical Association is telling the government to keep working on it.


Operation Electronic Integration: Connecting EHRs With Other Systems a Work in Progress - 05/02/2022

Even in medicine, today’s world is a connected one. But that doesn’t mean every conceivable connection is in place, nor does it mean the ones already in place are perfect. According to Texas physicians, that sums up the situation with electronic health records (EHRs) and their integration with other databases that can securely transmit patient information back and forth between physicians, labs, other practitioners, hospitals, and state agencies.


Have a Say in Texas’ Broadband Expansion Plan - 04/14/2022

Telemedicine has made a home in the health care system, and the trend will continue as broadband availability increases thanks to infusion of new state and federal funding.


Physicians Support Making Pandemic-Era Telehealth Policies Permanent, Survey Shows - 04/06/2022

A vast majority of physicians currently use telehealth and would like to see the pandemic-era policies that enabled its rapid expansion stick around so they can continue to do so.


Reactivate Your EHR’s Access to the PMP - 03/10/2022

With the state of Texas no longer covering the fees that allow physicians’ electronic health record (EHR) systems to integrate with the state’s prescription monitoring program (PMP), physicians are now responsible for paying those fees. If you want your system integrated with the PMP, know your options and make sure you stay connected.


TMA Resource: Help Your Patients Adapt to Telemedicine - 03/04/2022

Even with the COVID-19 pandemic appearing to be lessening, and many practices reporting the majority of their patient visits are once again in person, it’s important to let your patients know telemedicine options still exist.


How to Renew Your Electronic Prescribing Hardship Waiver - 12/16/2021

Physicians and other prescribers in Texas must now electronically prescribe controlled substances (EPCS). However, prescribers who demonstrate financial or technical hardships, or other exceptional circumstances, are eligible for a waiver from the Texas Medical Board (TMB) that, if approved, grants a one-year delay. If the hardship persists, prescribers must renew that waiver annually.


Find the Right EHR With TMA’s Updated Comparison Tool - 12/15/2021

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.


Use Direct Messaging to Share Patient Information Electronically - 12/08/2021

Under regulations that went into effect in April 2021, physicians must share patient information with each other electronically upon request. Texas Medical Association health information technology experts caution that tackling these requirements means physicians must use a standardized way to exchange information that’s HIPAA-compliant.


AMA Report: Telehealth Use Spiked Between 2018 and 2020 - 10/27/2021

The percentage of physicians using telehealth skyrocketed during a two-year period that covered the first several months of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new American Medical Association report.


New Data Classes Released for Exchanging Electronic Health Information - 07/21/2021

Physicians will be able to electronically share patient information more broadly now that the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has released version 2 of the United States Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI).


Custom Fit: Tailor Your EHR With an Optimization Strategy - 07/09/2021

The fallout from COVID-19 provided a perfect case study in why physicians must always look toward optimizing their electronic health records (EHRs), says Ogechika Alozie, MD, chair of the Texas Medical Association’s Committee on Health Information Technology.  Put simply, EHR optimization is the process of tailoring a system for a physician’s individual needs.  


More Intelligent Care? Physicians Have a Stake in Augmented Intelligence - 07/03/2021

Physicians have a stake in learning how augmented intelligence can enhance care – and making sure their input isn’t excluded.


Be in the Know When You Purchase an EHR - 07/01/2021

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.


Hospitals Required to Send Admit, Discharge, Transfer Notices to Physicians - 06/02/2021

As of May 1, hospitals must electronically share their admit, discharge, and/or transfer (ADT) notices with the patient’s established primary care physician, group, or other practitioner identified by the patient. The requirement, a condition of participation under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Interoperability and Patient Access final rule, applies to all patients who receive emergency department (ED) or inpatient services, including at psychiatric hospitals.


Opening Act: Patients Given Broad Access to Their EHRs - 01/06/2021

Starting April 5, physicians must be ready to electronically share with patients more of the information generated during office visits. This change comes thanks to “information blocking” rules that are part of the 21st Century Cures Act, passed by Congress in 2016 and put into regulation in 2020 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator (ONC).


Patient Privacy’s New Frontier: AMA Aims to Keep Apps Honest With Personal Health Data - 12/01/2020

In the evolving world of health information technology, some vendors that store and transmit health information – such as the tech minds behind certain mobile apps – are getting their hands on patient data without any HIPAA leash to rein in their use of it. Now, organized medicine is doing its part to preserve patients’ privacy when their health information finds its way outside of HIPAA-covered organizations.


Feds Delay Enforcement of Data-Sharing Rules - 11/18/2020

Physicians will have more time to comply with federal rules aimed at improving data-sharing after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced yesterday it will delayenforcement of certain provisions from Nov. 2 to April 5, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Telemedicine Boot Camp: Physicians Get Trained for the Future of Remote Care - 11/12/2020

Thanks in large part to COVID-19, telemedicine has arrived. Where does it go from here? That was much of the focus of a Telehealth Virtual Bootcamp, an Aug. 29 presentation by the Telehealth Initiative that touched on technology, applications, and payment.