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Starting a Practice - 04/16/2019

Setting Up or Closing a Practice


Delegation of Duties - 03/19/2019

Use these resources to learn more about delegation of duties. 


HIPAA Gap Analysis and Training - 03/08/2019

Training is the first step to HIPAA compliance. Have TMA’s certified HIPAA Compliance Officer provide training for physicians and staff on HIPAA fundamentals and Texas medical privacy laws.


Practice Financials - 10/05/2018

Get the information you need to keep your practice financials in order.


Responsibility for Coding - 09/18/2018

Remember, physicians ultimately are responsible for choosing which code s the practice bills to insurance carriers.


Appearance Isn't Everything ... - 05/03/2018

When it comes to the physical appearance of your practice, make sure your idea of acceptable doesn’t leave a “dumpy” impression on your patients.


Private Payer Round-Up, March 2013 - 04/27/2018

In case you missed these — here is a roundup of useful items from health care payment plans’ newsletters and updates, compiled by TMA’s reimbursement specialists.


Billing and Collections: A Process, Not a Task - 04/26/2018

Revenue cycle procedures begin with efficient appointment scheduling and end with payment for billed charges. By attending carefully to each step of the revenue cycle process, you can eliminate problems that may cause your practice to lose money.


Brain Injury Awareness Month: An Outreach Opportunity - 04/23/2018

Holding a community outreach event in conjunction with an appropriate national health observance month is a good way to generate goodwill and positive buzz about your practice. Brain Injury Awareness Month in March is one such observance, and TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program makes it easy for you to participate.


You, Too, Can Become a Web Content Expert - 04/20/2018

Wouldn’t it be great if your patients and potential patients regarded you as the go-to health authority? You can establish a reputation as such on your own practice website.


Temps Soar, So Does Power Demand - 04/20/2018

As temperatures reached record-breaking highs this summer, it's no surprise that electric rates skyrocketed. The supply portion of your electricity bill is determined by both your usage and the current market supply rate.


TMA Survey Finds Most Physicians Use Electronic Records - 04/19/2018

A newly released Texas Medical Association (TMA) survey of the state’s physicians shows nearly three-quarters of them are using an electronic health record (EHR) to capture your health information.


Private Payer Round-Up, January 2013 - 04/19/2018

In case you missed these — here is a roundup of useful items from health care payment plans’ newsletters and updates, compiled by TMA’s reimbursement specialists.


Private Payer Round-Up, April 2013 - 04/19/2018

In case you missed these — here is a round-up of useful items from health care payment plans’ newsletters and updates, compiled by TMA’s reimbursement specialists (April 2103).


Private Payer Round-Up, September 2013 - 04/19/2018

Formulary, preauthorization, and precertification changes and more … TMA’s reimbursement specialists have rounded up these other coding, payment, and policy changes and tips from commercial payers.


Private Payer Round-Up, October 2013 - 04/19/2018

In case you missed these — here is a roundup of useful items from health care payment plans’ newsletters and updates, compiled by TMA’s reimbursement specialists.


Private Payer Round-Up, January 2014 - 04/19/2018

In case you missed these — here is a roundup of useful items from health care payment plans’ newsletters and updates, compiled by TMA’s reimbursement specialists.


Blue Cross Targeting Modifier 50 Misuse - 04/19/2018

Beginning April 1, 2012, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) will pursue overpayments it made for claims wrongly billed with modifier 50.


Do’s and Don’ts of Unemployment Insurance Claims and Appeals - 04/19/2018

Do’s and Don’ts of Unemployment Insurance Claims and Appeals


Checklist for Closing or Selling a Practice - 02/01/2018

Checklist for Closing or Selling a Practice


Practice E-Tips on Human Resources - 11/15/2017

E-Tips on Human Resources


Relief Program Launched to Reopen Hurricane-Devastated Medical Practices - 09/19/2017

When staff of a Houston-area children’s urgent care clinic saw security-camera images of brown, murky Hurricane Harvey floodwater submerging the waiting room, they knew it was bad. Quickly, the physicians and other clinic workers jumped into action. Soon they also consulted the Texas Medical Association (TMA) for help, and learned about the TMA Disaster Relief Program.


Solve Conflict With These Four Steps - 08/31/2017

When patients’ emotions are high, their logic is low. To solve a conflict with a patient, you need lower the patient’s emotional level so you can negotiate a reasonable solution.


Use Exit Interviews to Boost Employee Retention - 05/24/2017

Use Exit Interviews to Boost Employee Retention


Tips for Selecting a Quality Employee - 05/24/2017

Hiring the right people for your medical practice office staff can be challenging, but careful preparation for the interviews and evaluation helps. Follow these tips for successful hiring.