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Most Valuable Team: Managing Nonphysician Staff Efficiently Can Boost Patient Care and Bottom Line - 08/02/2019

Because state laws and insurer billing requirements governing physician delegation and supervision can be tricky to navigate, practices must stay up to date to avoid potential penalties.


Beware of Phony TMB or DEA Agents - 07/03/2019

The Texas Medical Board (TMB) is warning physicians and pharmacies of a scam involving criminals who sometimes pose as TMB officials. TMB passed along a report from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that says physicians registered with the DEA are receiving calls and emails from criminals who identify themselves as DEA personnel or other law enforcement agents.


Scammers Targeting Texas Pulmonologists Seeking $500 - 06/19/2019

The Texas Medical Association is warning pulmonary physicians to be aware of a scam involving a letter from a phony medical board that seeks $500 “for Pulmonary Disease Certification Status Verification.” Two Texas pulmonologists contacted TMA to report a letter from the “American Board of Pulmonary Disease” notifying them of a “very important requirement to continue certification in pulmonary disease at this time. You are on record having failed to previously register, and must comply.”


Medicare Critical Care and Initial Hospital Services E and M Slated for Review - 05/17/2019

If you’ve been “probed and educated” twice by Novitas Solutions Inc. for high rate of claims errors regarding certain evaluation and management (E&M) services, you may receive more such review and education this summer.


Alert: Scammers Demanding Bogus Fines For Drug Purchases - 04/01/2019

The Texas Medical Association and the Texas Medical Liability Trust (TMLT) are warning physicians about scammers posing as a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent trying to defraud doctors into paying a nonexistent federal fine for allegedly intercepting illegal prescription drugs the doctor had sent through the mail.


Greenway Clients Entitled to Free EHR Upgrade After Fraud Settlement - 02/12/2019

Electronic Health Record vendor Greenway Health has been ordered to offer its clients free upgrades to its latest version of Prime Suite as part of a settlement in a multimillion-dollar fraud case.  


Revenue Cycle Assessment - 02/11/2019

A TMA consultant will conduct a review of your business office operations that focuses on front desk procedures, billing, collections and revenue cycle improvement. We will identify opportunities for improvement of billing processes and procedures.


Good-bye Strips, Hello Chips - 01/10/2019

Get your practice ready for changeover this year to new microchip-embedded debit and credit cards, or assume liability for any fraudulent transactions.


Don’t Fall for Credentialing Scam, Blue Cross Says - 10/23/2018

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas warns physicians to be aware of a scammer that is offering to help doctors become credentialed with the insurance company for $250.


TMA Case Study: Coding and Documentation - 10/05/2018

TMA’s certified professional coders and auditors can help protect your revenue by performing an in-depth review of how your practice documents medical records and codes claims. The review helps streamline coding and documentation processes, and decrease the risk of external audits.


What To Do When Employees Steal: Medical Practices Are a Ripe Target for Embezzlement - 09/14/2018

Medical practices are a ripe target for embezzlement.


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.


Humana Physician Portal to Retire in October - 08/27/2018

Humana will shutter its secure provider portal on Oct. 3. To continue or begin working with Humana online, prepare now by registering for the Availity Provider Portal if your practice doesn’t already have an account.


10 Common Ways Your Practice Could Be Leaking Money - 07/12/2018

Think of your revenue cycle like a pipeline that moves from patient scheduling, to billing and collections, and finally to deposits in the bank. Here are five common ways your practice may be losing revenue.


Three Tips to Fix Collections Woes With Credit Cards - 07/12/2018

Let’s talk about credit card payments, shall we? Specifically, let’s discuss ways your practice can improve time-of-service collections and stop chasing your patients for payment after they’ve left the office.


Payer Math Multiplies Recoupments - 07/10/2018

When does $187 equal nearly $13,000? When a payer projects overpayments. A weekly audio tip from the National Alliance of Medical Auditing Specialists cites a case in which illegible signatures forced a practice to refund almost $13,000.


Signature Logs Can Help Speed Up Claims - 06/26/2018

For all the reasons you might have a claim denied or delayed, an illegible signature is one you surely can avoid. A signature log can help speed your claims through payment, and it serves as a risk management tool, too.


If Your Patient Doesn’t Pay and Moves to Minnetonka … - 06/14/2018

Debt collection is a heavily regulated industry, and your practice could run afoul of the law if an agency collecting on your behalf is not licensed in the state where your former patient lives.


Collection Agency Submittal Do’s and Don’ts - 06/12/2018

Your collection agency has a better shot at success in collecting your past-due accounts if you follow these tips for submitting accounts to the agency.


Health Care-Sharing Ministries Pose Potential Payment Problems - 05/03/2018

The Texas Medical Association is telling physicians to be mindful of patients who have entered into an arrangement with health care-sharing ministries, which present themselves essentially as faith-based alternatives to health insurance.


Why Did I Get That Medical Bill? - 04/26/2018

A new epidemic has hit; call it "insurance illiteracy." Numerous studies (like this national research and this Texas study) show the public's growing lack of understanding of basic health insurance terms, such as "copay," "out-of-pocket expense," and "network." Reasons given for the problem include the addition of large numbers of people newly insured under the Affordable Care Act and the health insurance industry's growing array of confusing new products and cost-containment strategies.


Kyle Janek: The Texas Medicine Interview - 04/24/2018

New Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek, MD, has concerns about Medicaid - about having enough physicians to care for patients, about how to improve the health insurer, and other thoughts he shares with Texas Medicine magazine. In this interview he covers that, fraud investigations, women's health and other key issues he and the state face.


5010 Deadline Extended; Dual Eligible Problem Not Fixed - 04/17/2018

Acknowledging that many physicians and billing entities still aren't ready, federal officials are giving physicians three more months before it begins enforcing the use of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) 5010 transaction standards. The new deadline is June 30.


Need Help Getting Paid? - 03/06/2018

The Texas Medical Association is committed to supporting Texas physicians by providing practice management information, education, and services, including help getting you paid properly and efficiently for the care you provide to patients.


Medicare Mammography Claims Denied? Payment Coming - 02/08/2018

Some new ICD-10 codes were inadvertently left out of a recent update of Medicare mammography and breast biopsy policies, causing claims denials. But after discussions with the Texas Medical Association, Novitas Solutions has agreed to make good on these claims in April.