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False Impression: Medicine Says Medicare Report Inflates Success of Quality Program - 05/20/2019

High participation, “significant strides,” overwhelming success. That was the picture the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services painted in a March report on the first year of the Quality Payment Program. But a closer look by the Texas Medical Association raises serious doubts about CMS’ numbers, transparency, and cheerleading – so much so that TMA and seven other state medical associations are asking the agency to rescind the report.


Medicare Muzzle? New Rules May Make Physicians Reluctant to Speak Up - 05/20/2019

New Medicare rules on local coverage determinations may make physicians reluctant to speak their minds.


CME From Around the State - 05/20/2019

Check out other CME offerings from around the state.


CME + Networking + Vacation = TexMed 2019 - 05/07/2019

TexMed 2019 is TMA’s largest annual conference, offering 80-plus hours of interdisciplinary CME programming across 23 tracks, as well as two general sessions.


Code Carefully for Bilateral Procedures - 05/02/2019

Coding for bilateral procedures can be confusing. Many payers accept CPT modifier 50 as an indicator of a bilateral procedure, but they differ in how they apply it to their coding and payment policies.


TexMed 2019 Features 80-Plus Hours of Free CME - 05/01/2019

Renew your passion – for both your practice and the practice of medicine – this month at TexMed 2019, the Texas Medical Association’s largest annual conference. The two-day event features more than 80 hours of CME programming, including 23 specialty tracks and two general sessions.


TexMed 2019: Your Largest TMA Member Benefit - 04/25/2019

TexMed 2019 is the Texas Medical Association’s largest annual conference, where physician leaders from around the state conduct TMA business, network with other specialties, and attend interdisciplinary CME programs. Be a part of it May 17-18 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.


Medicine Is Risky Business. TMA’s Free CME Can Help - 04/24/2019

Physicians and practices face a daily barrage of obstacles that can cost you time and money – from cyber theft of patient credit card data to overreach of personal boundaries with patients or colleagues. Don’t let these inherent risks affect your practice. Explore the Texas Medical Association’s free CME courses that focus on risk-reduction.


Make Sure These Medicare Missteps Didn’t Affect Your Claims - 04/16/2019

Because of all of the policies, edits, determinations, rules, and revisions, Medicare’s claims processing sometimes goes awry for certain codes, fees, or other specific claim elements. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reports these errors and their fixes on a regular basis.


National Specialty Societies With MACRA Information - 03/27/2019

To help you get the best information possible, TMA has identified direct links to MACRA news, resource centers, education, and advocacy from national specialty societies. Visit your specialty society online for information specific to your specialty, setting, and practice.


Learn To Make HIV Screenings A Routine Part of Your Practice - 03/21/2019

The Texas Medical Association’s new webinar HIV Screening: It’s Every Physician’s Job offers the latest screening techniques, and information on prevention with Pre/Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP/PEP). It includes tips on how you can get paid for screening your patients.


Security Risk Analysis for HIPAA — and Medicare/Medicaid? - 03/08/2019

Do you need to conduct a security risk analysis or review of your practice in the next 72 days?


Medicare Enrollment Application Revised - 03/04/2019

A new Medicare enrollment application form for physicians and nonphysician practitioners will go into effect May 1.


How to File a Medicare Extended Repayment Plan - 03/04/2019

  Extended repayment plans (ERPs) are an option for returning overpaid money to Medicare. Ideally, you should request an ERP immediately after receiving the initial demand letter. However, you can request an extended payment plan any time while the overpayment is outstanding. 


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

Watch Those Extra Fees For Medicare Patients


Correct Coding Initiative Edits Now Free on Internet - 03/04/2019

Correct Coding Initiative Edits Now Free on Internet


Use New G Codes for Medicare Therapy Claims - 03/04/2019

Starting with services dated Jan. 1, 2013, physicians have to report new, nonpayable G codes and related modifiers on Medicare claims for outpatient physical, speech, and occupational therapy.


How's Novitas Doing? - 03/04/2019

Medicare wants to know what you think of the job Novitas Solutions is doing administering the Medicare program in Texas.


Free Webinar: Steps to Sell Your Practice - 03/04/2019

If you’re considering selling your practice, you probably have a lot of questions — and concerns. Well, good news: The Texas Medical Association's free webinar, Strategies for Exiting Your Medical Practice for Retirement, can help you develop a comprehensive understanding of the many considerations necessary to sell a practice.


Where Do We Go From Here With Our Health Care System? - 03/04/2019

To say that Medicare works well, denies the fact that in many patients are no longer able to go to the doctor of their choice. In fact, even finding a doctor is difficult. Additionally, many doctors no longer participate in the Medicare program. This program is only one step away from a single payer health care system, which was once referred to as socialized medicine.


Love Yourself and Your Patients With FREE CME This Month - 02/11/2019

Love is in the air this month, and the Texas Medical Association is reminding physicians to practice some self-care, too. Use the TMA Education Center to catch up on your continuing medical education (CME) credits, and prioritize your personal wellness, along with that of your patients.


Help Eliminate Patients’ Insurance Confusion - 02/06/2019

The Texas Medical Association has launched a comprehensive agenda for health insurance reform with the Texas Legislature. In the meantime, TMA is offering a new continuing medical education (CME) course to help you help your patients.


Buying Time: Medicine’s Warnings Prompt CMS to Delay Dramatic Coding and Payment Changes - 01/29/2019

Medicine’s warnings prompt CMS to delay dramatic coding and payment changes.


Check Out TMA’s Free, Online Patient Safety Course - 01/24/2019

It’s one of those hidden gems of TMA membership: a comprehensive online course to help you improve patient safety. It’s also a very good course. And thanks to the generous support of our friends at TMA Insurance Trust, Patient Safety and Medical Errors is free for members.


Use Transitional Care Management CPT Codes - 01/10/2019

Two new CPT codes for transitional care management services are in effect, and Medicare accepts them. But read the Medicare rules carefully because they vary from the CPT guide.