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Ask The Expert About the 21st Century Cures Act - 03/01/2021

To help you understand the 21st Century Cures Act and how it will affect your practice in the future, the Texas Medical Association is hosting an Ask the Expert session this Thursday, March 4.


Ask TMA Experts About Grassroots Virtual Advocacy - 02/22/2021

Ready to take the plunge into grassroots advocacy at the legislature but still not confident about what to do and how to do it? The Texas Medical Association’s Feb. 25 Ask the Expert session is your opportunity to ask questions about tactics, tools, messaging, and more, and how it all works in a virtual environment.


Learn Effective Communication Skills During Free Live Webinar - 02/12/2021

If you would like a deeper understanding of how to communicate effectively, tune in to the Texas Medical Association virtual webinar: Communicating Across Barriers. The webinar, which is accredited for CME, is scheduled for 6 to 7 pm (CT) Thursday, Feb. 25


CME From Around the State - 02/11/2021

Check out other CME offerings from around the state.


Earn Required Human Trafficking CME During TMA’s Winter Conference - 01/25/2021

To raise awareness of and help curb human trafficking in Texas, state legislators passed a law in 2019 requiring physicians to take one hour of CME on the topic in order to renew their medical licenses. You can meet that requirement by attending the Texas Medical Association’s 2021 Winter Conference, which will be held entirely virtually Jan. 29 and 30.


CME Course Addresses Gender Bias - 01/08/2021

The Texas Medical Association Women Physicians Section encourages all TMA members to participate in a CME course that addresses gender bias in the physician workforce and promotes greater diversity in medicine.


A Different Kind of Patient: CME from TMA Helps Docs ID Human Trafficking Victims - 01/04/2021

A newly revised Texas Medical Association CME teaches physicians how to recognize human trafficking victims who come into their office, and how to help these patients escape what’s sometimes referred to as “modern-day slavery.”


TMA Opioid Prescribing CME Meets TMB Requirements - 12/08/2020

The Texas Medical Association has published a CME course that meets Texas Medical Board requirements on pain management and prescriptions of opioids and other controlled substances.


Patient Privacy’s New Frontier: AMA Aims to Keep Apps Honest With Personal Health Data - 12/01/2020

In the evolving world of health information technology, some vendors that store and transmit health information – such as the tech minds behind certain mobile apps – are getting their hands on patient data without any HIPAA leash to rein in their use of it. Now, organized medicine is doing its part to preserve patients’ privacy when their health information finds its way outside of HIPAA-covered organizations.


TMA to AG: Protect Physician Data from Open Records Request - 11/23/2020

The Texas Medical Association is fighting to keep confidential the personal and financial data of physicians who recently participated in an independent dispute resolution process created by Texas’ surprise billing law – Senate Bill 1264.


Surprise Billing Records Request Could Make Physicians’ Personal, Financial Data Public - 11/12/2020

The clock is ticking to file an objection with the Texas Attorney General’s office to protect some of your personal and financial data that could be made public through an open-records request filed with the Texas Department of Insurance.


Develop Best Practices for Patient Collections With Help From TMA - 11/11/2020

To help you develop best practices for patient collection, the Texas Medical Association has published a new CME-To-Go podcast, Sound Policies for Collecting Patient Payments.


TMA Human Trafficking CME Meets Medical License Renewal Requirements - 10/22/2020

Physicians who renew their medical licenses after Sept. 1, 2020, are required to take one hour of CME that addresses human trafficking. TMA has now published its own CME course to educate physicians on how to identify, treat, and respond to people who are at risk or who have been trafficked.


Upgraded Free Tool Helps With HIPAA Compliance - 10/12/2020

If you participate in the Medicare Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), you must complete your security risk assessment by Dec. 31. An upgraded tool from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services might make the assessment easier.


Considering a Direct Care Model? TMA Has CME For That - 10/07/2020

If you’re considering starting or moving to a direct care model, check out the Texas Medical Association's new CME course, Alternative Practice Models.


Free CME: A Physician’s Guide to TMB Disciplinary Process - 10/04/2020

To help you understand what to do if you are subject to a TMB investigation, the Texas Medical Association has created a CME publication, Texas Medical Board Investigations: A Physician’s Guide Through the Disciplinary Process.


Live Webinar to Help You Prepare for 2021 E&M Coding Changes - 09/01/2020

If you want to learn more about evaluation and management (E&M) coding changes that go into effect Jan. 1, tune in to a live Texas Medical Association webinar: 2021 E/M: Ready Set Go!


Updated TMA Guide Helps Your Practice Navigate Utilizing NPPs - 08/24/2020

The Texas Medical Association has updated its best-selling publication,  Nonphysician Practitioners: Hiring, Billing, and Delegation of Duties for a Nonphysician Practitioner.


TexMed 2020 Was Canceled, But You Can Still Earn CME - 06/24/2020

Although Texas physicians couldn’t gather together for TexMed 2020 in May, some of the educational sessions and presentations that were scheduled for the annual conference are now available free to members in the Texas Medical Association Education Center. 


New CME! Talk to Parents About Vaccine-Preventable Diseases - 06/17/2020

Talking to parents about vaccines can be challenging, especially with the anti-vaccine movement, and the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a decline in childhood vaccinations across the country. That’s why the Texas Medical Association has created a CME course to better prepare you for these conversations.


What Lessons Can We Learn From Colorado’s Marijuana Laws? - 06/12/2020

As Texas continues to battle the opioid epidemic, and as lawmakers prepare for another legislative session in 2021, what lessons can you learn from Colorado’s decision on marijuana?


Need Help Talking With Diabetic Patients About Exercise? - 06/10/2020

Many factors can cause people to not get enough exercise – and that’s particularly dangerous for people with diabetes. What can you do to help your patients with diabetes stay active? Well, the Texas Medical Association is here to help in the form of new CME.


Text Orders Securely and Within Guidelines - 05/13/2020

The Joint Commission now says it’s OK to text orders, with certain requirements. If you do send orders via text messaging, be sure to establish guidelines in writing in your practice’s policies and procedures manual.


Is Your Patients’ HIPAA-Protected Information Secure? - 05/13/2020

A guide from TMA-endorsed DocbookMD helps smaller practices understand the risks of using mobile devices and how to stay HIPAA-secure.


Taking Privacy to a New Level: Texas Lowers Reporting Threshold for Security Breaches - 01/27/2020

Federal requirements have not changed, but starting Jan. 1, breach notification requirements will become even more stringent for Texas physicians or medical entities. The Texas Legislature dropped the threshold for breach reporting from 500 patients to 250. House Bill 4390 also requires medical entities to report breaches to the Texas attorney general’s office within 60 days of the breach.