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Federal Surprise Billing Law in Effect: Get Educated - 01/21/2022

Despite ongoing litigation over certain aspects of the federal surprise billing law, the patient protection components of the No Surprises Act still took effect at the beginning of the year. With them come a number of changes that could significantly impact physician practices now that balance billing is largely prohibited.


Health Plans Not All Recognizing New Telehealth Code - 01/20/2022

A new telehealth code and a series of coding modifier descriptors have already taken effect in 2022 or will take effect soon. But not all health plans are recognizing the new coding elements, according to Texas Medical Association staff monitoring their status.


Beware Third Party Scams - 12/21/2021

As technological capabilities have evolved, some individuals and organizations are using these capabilities to try to scam others out of their private personal or payment information.


Practice e-Tips on Reimbursement - 12/03/2021

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Know State and Payer Rules for Clean Claims - 12/03/2021

Filing a clean claim gives you protections under Texas’ prompt pay law. For a claim to be “clean” you don’t have to fill out every field on the claim form, just the right ones.


Changing Your Medicare Participation Status for 2022 - 11/30/2021

The Texas Medical Association is still working to convince Congress to stop several cuts for 2022 payments for Medicare physician services that would total nearly 10%. But with those cuts still going into effect as of now, you may wish to modify their Medicare participation status.


Coding a Cancelled Procedure - 11/19/2021

How do we code a cancelled procedure, for example when a patient’s vital signs preclude continuing the procedure?


Instructions for Deleting Data Elements on NPI Applications - 11/19/2021

Step-by-step instructions to delete data elements on NPI applications


How to Calculate Underpaid Amount in Prompt Pay Rules - 11/17/2021

Even if the insurance company pays on time but underpays you - if it doesn't pay in full by the statutory deadline, it still must pay you a penalty based on the number of days the payment is late and the underpaid amount of the claim.


Late Fees Under Prompt Pay — How Much and When - 11/17/2021

Let’s say your contracted insurance carrier violates prompt pay laws and misses the deadline for paying or responding to your claim. When can you collect late fees and how much?


Preauthorization: What If the Diagnosis Changes? - 11/17/2021

Can the carrier deny payment for services performed to treat the final diagnosis? Can it refuse to pay for some of the inpatient days it initially authorized?


Sample Letter: Enlisting Patients Assistance for Claims Payment - 11/17/2021

This is a sample letter regarding a patient's outstanding health insurance payment.


The Service Is Verified; Do I Need to Send a Clean Claim? - 11/17/2021

The Service Is Verified; Do I Need to Send a Clean Claim?


Correct Code for Billing a Routine Venipuncture - 11/17/2021

Learn the correct code for billing a routine venipuncture.


Filing a Compliant With the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) - 11/17/2021

Filing a Compliant With the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI)


At-a-Glance Billing Guidelines - 11/17/2021

At-a-Glance Billing Guidelines


New Pocket Guides Added to TMA Quick Tips Page - 11/12/2021

Confused about billing for bilateral procedures or transitional care management? The wealth of resources on the Texas Medical Association’s Educational Quick Tips webpage recently grew with the addition of pocket guides for these services.


Practice e-Tips on Practice Operations - 10/29/2021

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Patient Notification During Practice Transition - 10/28/2021

Patient Notification During Practice Transition


Insurers’ Unfair Electronic Fees Persist; AMA, TMA Take Action - 10/27/2021

Organized medicine, including the Texas Medical Association, is engaging the Biden administration on health plans’ unfair business practices physicians sometimes encounter when receiving electronic payments.


How to Avoid Coding Mistakes in Texas Medicaid - 10/15/2021

Ensuring Texas Medicaid dollars are spent for their intended purpose requires the Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) to work with health care professionals to prevent waste. Accurate medical coding is part of that work. Incorrect codes result in overpayments – which impact taxpayers – and underpayments, which can impact your practice.


Practice E-Tips on Billing and Collections - 10/12/2021

Practice E-Tips on Billing and Collections


When Should We Write Off Large Patient Balances? - 09/23/2021

Is there a formula to calculate the net present value for the balance of a patient’s account compared with a small monthly payoff?


Ten Tips for Effective Voice-Mail Messages - 09/23/2021

Voice mail is a great tool, but it can waste time and cause frustration if you don’t use it wisely. Follow these tips for leaving effective voice-mail messages every time.


How to Handle Patient Complaints - 09/23/2021

When a patient raises a complaint, the staff’s best course of action is a coherent, concise response that preserves patient confidence and satisfaction.