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What Stimulus Means to Texas Health Care - 04/24/2018

State health officials have released preliminary information on major health and human services allocations for Texas in the $789 billion economic stimulus bill President Obama signed. The largest portion is $5.45 billion for Medicaid through the first quarter of 2011.

Too Many Babies by C-Section? - 04/19/2018

Texas Medical Association’s Texas Medicine magazine, the association’s official publication now completely accessible to reporters, covers several important topics this month.

“Hey, Doc,” TMA’s Education Campaign, Returns - 03/14/2018

“Hey, Doc” is back to help Texas’ patients and reporters understand the 2015 Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance marketplace. Open enrollment begins Nov. 15.

“Hey, Doc,” who must enroll in the marketplace? - 03/14/2018

Enrollment for the health insurance marketplace begins in three days — Nov. 15. Texas physicians want to ensure you have the information you need to start the enrollment process. They week’s “Hey, Doc” segments discuss who must enroll for health insurance and possible penalties for those who decide not to purchase insurance.  

“Hey, Doc” Answers Questions About the ACA Marketplace - 03/14/2018

Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act's health insurance marketplace opened last week. Texas physicians want to make sure patients have all the information they need to make informed decisions when purchasing their insurance coverage, so this week's "Hey, Doc" info segment answers some frequently asked questions about health insurance. 

At Last: Answers About Picking Marketplace Health Insurance - 03/14/2018

This week: If insurance is mandated by the government, how do you know if the plan you pick is OK? And how many plan options do consumers have? For that matter, how do you pick a plan? Can you keep your current plan? Read on, for answers.

Can I Keep My Doctor with This Health Insurance? - 03/14/2018

It’s probably one of the most common questions for anyone shopping health insurance: Can I keep my doctor on this plan? The Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) “Hey, Doc” educational campaign about the health insurance marketplace (created by federal health system reform, or the Affordable Care Act) answers that question this week, and more.

Hey, Doc, Can Health Insurance Subsidies Help Me? - 03/14/2018

This week’s segment in Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) “Hey, Doc” health insurance marketplace education campaign answers questions about the tough part — paying for insurance — and how to get assistance. 

Hey, Doc, When I Can I Renew My Marketplace Health Insurance? - 03/14/2018

This week’s segment in Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) “Hey, Doc” health insurance marketplace education campaign answers more questions about aid provided to some Texans who enroll in the Exchange, called subsidies, and how to renew your marketplace plan.

How to Buy Marketplace Insurance - 03/14/2018

Knowing what’s important when choosing a health plan, how to use benefits, and where to turn for help can be challenging for most of us when purchasing health coverage. That’s why the Texas Medical Association started the “Hey, Doc” educational campaign in 2013. This week we’re discussing the different kinds of health insurance plans available and costs. 

What If My ACA Marketplace Health Plan Excludes My Doctor? - 03/14/2018

This week’s installment of Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) “Hey, Doc” education campaign offers some suggestions for what to do if you find your marketplace health plan excludes your doctor.

What is The Marketplace & How Do I Get Ready to Sign Up? - 03/14/2018

This week, TMA’s “Hey, Doc” education campaign explains the marketplace, why Texas patients who need insurance should care, and how they can get ready to sign up for marketplace insurance.

When & How Do I Enroll (or Re-Enroll) in the Marketplace? - 03/14/2018

This week, TMA’s “Hey, Doc” answers Texans’ questions about when they can sign up for marketplace insurance, how to apply for coverage, and where to get help enrolling.

Where Can I Get More Information About the Marketplace? - 03/14/2018

In this week’s installment of “Hey, Doc,” TMA provides a list of reliable resources for Texans to learn more about the marketplace ahead of open enrollment on Nov. 15.

With Marketplace Health Insurance, Who Will Care for Me? - 03/14/2018

This week’s Texas Medical Association (TMA) “Hey, Doc” educational segment explains health insurance networks and how they influence patients’ ability to pick a doctor to take care of them. 

List of Approved Tamper Resistant Prescription Pads - 06/27/2017

The Texas Tamper-Resistant Prescription Pad was recently revised to clarify the tamper-resistant requirements for prescriptions printed from Electronic Medical Records or E-prescribing systems. Effective April 1, 2008 all written prescriptions for Medicaid patients must be written on tamper-resistant pads.

HHS Approves Two Texas ACOs - 06/23/2016

Physician groups in Austin and Fort Worth are among 32 organizations the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has selected to be pioneer accountable care organizations.

Getting Preexisting Coverage Easier - 06/13/2016

Physicians can help patients obtain immediate health insurance coverage for preexisting conditions, now that the federal government has relaxed eligibility requirements.

Projected ICD-10 Conversion Costs Triple - 06/13/2016

The costs for physician practices to implement the federally mandated transition to the ICD-10 code set are three times earlier estimates, according to a new American Medical Association study.

EHR Incentives Safe From HSR Ruling - 06/06/2016

It is important to know that the federal stimulus incentives are not part of the health system reform (HSR) law, but rather part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The electronic health record (EHR) incentives for physicians are not impacted by this week's federal court ruling on the law.

TMA Backs Truthful Ad Bill - 05/21/2016

TMA joined the American Medical Association, American Osteopathic Association, and several national specialty societies in supporting HR 5295 the Healthcare Truth and Transparency Act of 2010, that outlaws health care professionals from misleading patients about their level of training in advertising and marketing.

ACOs: Now Is Time to Learn and Strategize - 05/18/2016

Some hospitals and physicians are rushing to form accountable care organizations (ACOs), a new breed of health care delivery system that the federal health care reform law creates. Loosely defined, an ACO is a collaboration of physicians and health care

TMA Wins Platinum - 05/13/2016

TMA's Communications Division received three Hermes Creative Awards from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.

What Are Marketplace Deductibles, Coinsurance, and Copayments? - 05/12/2016

Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) “Hey, Doc” education campaign explains deductibles, coinsurance, copayments, and more.

TMA Congratulates Sen. John Cornyn - 05/06/2016

Statement by TMA President Michael E. Speer, MD, regarding U.S. Senate Republicans electing Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) as minority whip for the 113th Congress.