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Medicare Lab Fee Includes Routine Venipuncture - 10/16/2019

If you perform the lab test in your office, you may not bill separately for the “collection of venous blood by venipuncture,” or CPT code 36415, according to the Medicare Claims Processing Manual. However, a significant number of physicians who collect blood and perform lab tests in their office are billing for CPT code 36415 along with the test code, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services says.


Academic Physicians - 10/04/2019

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Here’s What Medicare Pays for Flu Shots This Season - 10/04/2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently published 2019-20 payment rates for personal flu vaccines and their administration. The effective dates for these rates are Aug. 1, 2019, to July 31, 2020.


TMB Transitions to Electronic Licenses in September - 09/18/2019

Beginning Sept. 1, the Texas Medical Board (TMB) will no longer issue paper licenses for physicians or physician assistants. Instead, new and renewed licenses will be available via the My TMB online portal.


Guide to Insurance Overpayments and Refund Requests - 08/14/2019

Use this guide to help you and your staff properly assess refund requests from health plans.


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.


Setting the Record Straight: Supreme Court Curtails TMB for Over-Sanctioning Physician - 08/02/2019

Eight years ago, when he experienced a rare patient death, McAllen family physician Ruben Aleman, MD, signed the death certificate the way Texas physicians had been doing it for years, and the only way he knew how: using pen and paper. That resulted in the Texas Medical Board (TMB) not only coming after him, but accusing him of “unprofessional or dishonorable conduct that is likely to deceive or defraud the public” – words found in the state Medical Practice Act. The Texas Supreme Court recently decided that was an overreach for a physician who simply hadn’t signed up on the state’s electronic death registration system, which at the time was relatively new.


TMB: Back on Track - 08/02/2019

Two years ago during the 2017 regular session, the Texas Legislature put the practice of medicine in the state in serious danger, failing to renew the Texas Medical Board (TMB) and the state’s Medical Practice Act. In 2019 House Bill 1504 by Rep. Chris Paddie (R-Marshall) put TMB back on the standard 12-year sunset cycle, renewing the board through 2031.


Legislative Top 10: What It Took To Renew the TMB for 12 Years - 06/17/2019

Today’s TMA’s Legislative News Hotline video looks at lawmakers’ quest to pass legislation to renew the Texas Medical Board for another 12 years. The Texas Legislature passed the sunset bill this session, House Bill 1504, after the 2017 legislature couldn’t get it done. It awaits Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature.


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.


Bexar County - 04/30/2019

Large Group Practices With 100-Percent Membership in the Texas Medical Association. 


Membership FAQs - 04/04/2019

Answers to your questions about Texas Medical Association membership.


Strengthen and Renew the Texas Medical Board - 03/13/2019

First, TMA and our physician members support a strong Board, a strong agency – but one that is fair and transparent. We believe this bill advances these principles for both the public and the profession. At the same time, we would favor the inclusion of three items we believe are consistent with the bill and provide some clarity.


Watch Those Extra Fees For Medicare Patients - 03/04/2019

Watch Those Extra Fees For Medicare Patients


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.


SB 418: Prompt Pay Final Rules - 01/24/2019

SB 418: Prompt Pay Final Rules


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.


Wichita County - 01/09/2019

Large Group Practices With 100-Percent Texas Medical Association Membership in Wichita County


Travis County - 01/09/2019

Large Group Practices With 100-Percent Texas Medical Association Membership in Travis County


McLennan County - 01/09/2019

Large Group Practices With 100-Percent Texas Medical Association Membership in McLennan County


Tarrant County - 01/09/2019

Large Group Practices With 100-Percent Texas Medical Association Membership in Tarrant County


Smith County - 01/09/2019

Large Group Practices With 100-Percent Texas Medical Association Membership in Smith County


Potter-Randall County - 01/09/2019

Large Group Practices With 100-Percent Texas Medical Association Membership in Potter-Randall County


Nueces County - 01/09/2019

Large Group Practices With 100-Percent Texas Medical Association Membership in Nueces County


Lubbock-Crosby-Garza Counties - 01/08/2019

Large Group Practices With 100-Percent Texas Medical Association Membership in Lubbock-Crosby-Garza Counties