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

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.


Provide Meaningful Health Care Coverage for Uninsured Texans - 02/01/2021

Texas can no longer ignore the human, social, and economic impact of having more than 20% of our people uninsured. Health care coverage matters, resulting in healthier constituents and more economically prosperous communities.


Review Your Physician Compare Data Now - 01/29/2021

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently opened its Doctors and Clinicians Preview Period, which allows you to check out your 2019 QPP performance data before its reported on Medicare Care Compare and in the Provider Data Catalog (PDC). CMS will close the preview period at 7 pm (CT) March 25.


Send TMA Your Prior Authorization Nightmare Stories - 01/27/2021

Your personal stories of patient harm due to prior authorization request delays or denials can give the Texas Medical Association the ammunition it needs to fight this problem. Please submit your stories via email.


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.


Proposed CMS Payer Requirements Shouldn’t Burden Physicians, TMA Says - 01/08/2021

A federal proposal that would require more transparency in insurers’ prior authorization denials in Medicaid and more sharing of such information with physicians could improve care delivery, but  also could result in more responsibilities on already overburdened physicians, TMA told the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.


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.”


Help TMA Standardize Quality Measures in Value-Based Care - 12/18/2020

Would you like a say in what measures should be a standard part of insurance quality programs across the nation – and which ones shouldn’t? The Texas Medical Association now has input in that discussion and could use your help.


UHC Postpones Higher Liability Coverage Requirements Plan - 12/11/2020

UnitedHealthCare (UHC) postponed a plan that would require Texas physicians to substantially increase their professional liability insurance coverage in order to participate in its networks. The move comes after the Harris County Medical Society and Texas Medical Association expressed serious concerns about the new policy.


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.


Comprehensive Prior Authorization Reforms Needed, Medicine Tells Feds - 12/02/2020

As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) seeks ways to relieve the burdens of prior authorization on health care, it should not rely solely on automation of electronic health records. Instead, CMS should seek comprehensive reforms that include transparent PA requirements and protections of continuity of care as well as automation, the Texas Medical Association, American Medical Association, and a host of other medical societies wrote in a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma last week.


Federal Agencies Adopt Rule Mandating Health Plan Price Transparency - 11/24/2020

A number of health plans will be required to be more transparent about coverage pricing starting in early 2021 after the recent adoption of a rule by three federal agencies.


Deadline Extended: Didn’t Get Your 5% APM Incentive Payment? Take Action by Dec. 13 - 11/19/2020

If you participated in an advanced alternative payment model (APM) under the 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP), the Texas Medical Association encourages you to take action now to verify that you have received your 5% APM incentive payment for 2020.


Blue Cross Bundles Payment for Some Diagnostic Services - 11/16/2020

Effective July 1, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas will cut payments for certain diagnostic procedures. The cut will apply to diagnostic cardiovascular and ophthalmology procedures that are billed for the same patient on the same day.


Blue Cross HMO Emergency Payment Review Policy Begins - 11/16/2020

Beginning today, Blue Cross Blue and Shield of Texas will require some members to pay 100 percent of their medical bills if they go to an out-of-network emergency room for certain non-life-threatening conditions, company officials have confirmed.


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.


Survey: Many Texans Skipping Care During Pandemic, Considering a Vaccine - 10/28/2020

More than a third of Texans say they or someone in their household have skipped or postponed some type of medical care because of COVID-19, according to an October Episcopal Health Foundation survey that explored attitudes about COVID-19.


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.


Texas Leads Nation in Rise in Uninsured Children, Study Shows - 10/15/2020

The number of uninsured children nationwide climbed dramatically in recent years, with the biggest gains by far coming from the Lone Star State, according to a study released last week.


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.