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Legislative Victories - 01/14/2021

TMA stands united to protect you, your family, and the profession of medicine for generations to come Grassroots efforts have been the cornerstone of our success throughout the years.  Although your elected speakers, officers, trustees, and other leaders of the


Harris County - 01/09/2021

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


Verify Which Health Plans Are Exempt From Prompt Pay Laws - 01/04/2021

Use this tool to affirm which health plans are self-funded and thus not subject to state prompt pay laws. ERISA or TDI?


Make Modifiers Work for You - 01/04/2021

Missing or incorrect coding modifiers are a common reason why claims are denied or physicians are paid incorrectly for their services. Follow these steps to make sure your practice uses modifiers correctly.


NPI Entity Type 1/Type 2 and Medicare Provider Numbers - 12/09/2020

If I am an incorporated physician, do I need two National Provider Identifiers (NPIs)?


Persuasion Collects Debts - 12/03/2020

Persuasion Collects Debts


Practice E-Tips on Billing and Collections - 11/16/2020

Practice E-Tips on Billing and Collections


Membership FAQs - 11/12/2020

Answers to your questions about Texas Medical Association membership.


Follow These Five Tips When You Follow Up on Claims - 10/26/2020

Follow These Five Tips When You Follow Up on Claims


Preauthorization Denial: What’s Your Recourse? - 10/16/2020

So a health plan has denied your preauthorization request for a patient’s treatment. What options do you have?


TMA: Fair Telemedicine Payments will Ensure Patients’ Care Continues - 09/25/2020

Statement by Texas Medical Association (TMA) President Diana L. Fite, MD, regarding Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement today that Texas’ state-regulated health plans will continue to pay physicians and health care providers the same rate for patients’ telemedicine care as for in-person care, through the end 2020.


Practice e-Tips on Claims - 09/24/2020

Appeals Appealing Claims Can Have Appealing Results   Claim Forms Multiple Place-of-Service Codes on a Single 1500 Claim Form   Fees New Laws Require Billing Di


10 More Ways to Save Money in Your Practice - 09/23/2020

Past editions of TMA Practice E-Tips have suggested ways practices can save money and time in daily activities. Here are more tips … for TMA members only. These programs and services are free for TMA members, and can save practices thousands of dollars.


TMA Wants to Hear Your Thoughts on Prescribing Opioids in Texas - 09/10/2020

Since 1990, the Texas Medical Association has asked Texas physicians for their thoughts on health care practice, the economic realities of practicing medicine in the state, and what issues they believe lawmakers should take on. Check your email and please answer this month’s survey.


Reimbursement Review and Resolution (RRR) Services User Guide - 09/09/2020

Please observe the following Reimbursement Review and Resolution (RRR) form guidelines to help us expedite processing while maintaining the integrity and credibility of RRR Services (previously known as the Hassle Factor Log Program).


Don’t Miss New and Revised LCDs - 08/13/2020

Take a look at these new and revised Medicare local coverage determinations (LCDs) and article updates from Novitas Solutions. Remember, Novitas will reject claims that don’t adhere to LCDs.


Stay Vigilant When Considering COVID-19 Treatments, TMB Says - 08/12/2020

The Texas Medical Board (TMB) and Texas Medical Association remind physicians to continue to use strong medical judgment when considering drugs and therapies to treat COVID-19 and to take all appropriate steps when making any treatment decision.


CMS-1500 Form: TDI Provides Guidance on Blocks 14 and 15 - 08/12/2020

CMS-1500 Form: TDI Provides Guidance on Blocks 14 and 15


E&M Coding About to Change - 08/03/2020

First, the bad news: Physicians need to take some serious time between now and Jan 1, 2021, to study changes that are coming to Medicare outpatient evaluation and management (E&M) codes – changes most private insurers likely will follow. Now the good news: The changes should reduce the amount of documentation needed with each patient.


Take Our Billing and Coding Quiz - 07/17/2020

TMA Knowledge Center staff fields hundreds of questions about coding and billing from TMA members. Here are a few FAQs. Do you know the answers to these questions?


“Who We Are” As Texas Physicians - 06/05/2020

What defines a Texas physician? As Texas Medical Association Past President Carlos J. Cardenas, MD, says in a new video: “Those rights and privileges, those duties and responsibilities, that energy that comes from the patient-physician relationship. Taken together, it defines us. It is who we are.”


Invoice No Longer Required for Some Medicare Claims - 06/03/2020

For certain biologicals and medications reported in Medicare Part B claims, Novitas Solutions now will allow you to enter invoice information on the claim, rather than provide the actual invoice for the services.


TMB Expands Telemedicine, Opportunities for Retired Physicians Because of COVID-19 - 05/19/2020

In response to Gov. Greg Abbott’s COVID-19 “state of disaster” declaration Friday, the Texas Medical Board has taken several steps to help Texas physicians safely and effectively care for patients. On Thursday, the TMB issued a waiver that allows telephone refills of valid prescriptions for treatment of chronic pain by a physician with an established chronic pain patient.


Focus on Member Services: Future-Proofing Your Practice - 05/13/2020

As medical practices collect and store more information electronically, physicians will encounter more frequent technology breaches. The cost of a breach can be huge: an average of $402 per compromised record, plus fines. TMA makes robust security for your practice easy through education and services designed to manage the worst technology risks.


Focus on Member Services: A Thriving Practice - 05/13/2020

An essential function of an effective practice is being seen and found when (and where) people are looking for you. Since launching in 2004, Yelp has collected more than 6.4 million customer reviews in the health care sector. That's why TMA helps members cultivate successful practice relationships by providing tools to accelerate practice growth.