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Tips and Strategies for Managing Remote Staff - 07/31/2020

If your practice is considering letting staff work remotely – or if it already has employees who do – the Texas Medical Association has created a course that provides tips and strategies to successfully manage those employees.


Practice E-Tips on Human Resources - 04/16/2020

E-Tips on Human Resources


Articles and Papers on Legal Issues - 04/15/2020

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Develop a No-Show Policy — and Use It - 12/12/2019

Develop a no-show policy — and use it


Don’t Hold Patient Credit Balances Past 30 Days - 12/11/2019

Have lingering patient credit balances on your books? Here’s how the law says to handle them.


Consent For Treatment of Minors - 11/22/2019

Consent For Treatment of Minors


How to Handle Patient Confrontations - 10/29/2019

Try this three-step assertive response to patients who become angry,stubborn, manipulative,and even abusive.


Are Your Patients Satisfied? Ask Them. - 10/29/2019

Are Your Ppatients Satisfied? Ask Them.


Let TMA Help You Optimize Your Revenue Cycle - 10/03/2019

Is your practice struggling to collect payments? Are your accounts receivable growing rapidly? Is there a drain on your bottom line? The culprit could lie in your revenue cycle management.


Don’t Try This at Work: Security Risk Analysis Is Not a Do-It-Yourself Project - 08/02/2019

Medicare’s Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) requires practices to conduct a security risk analysis at least once a year. HIPAA requires at least one analysis, and annual check-ups are considered a best practice. Many physicians find out through these reports that their practices have a lot of work to do to keep patient records safe.


Watch for These ID Theft Red Flags - 05/30/2019

New identity theft prevention rules from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) — called the Red Flag Rules — likely apply to your practice. The compliance date is Aug. 1, 2009.


Ten Rules for E-Mail Etiquette - 05/30/2019

Ten Rules for E-Mail Etiquette


HIPAA: Are You Prepared for a Lost Laptop or Smartphone? - 05/30/2019

Even if the only work-related activity is accessing your email, you may have PHI on your phone right now. Lost and stolen devices are the No. 1 reason for patient data breaches of more than 500 records.


HIPAA: Are You Prepared for a Business Associate Breach? - 05/30/2019

Business associate breaches can be the most costly type of breach and present some of the highest risk because you don't have insight or control over the business associate's security or policies.


Your EHR Vendor Is Not Responsible For Your Security Risk Analysis - 03/11/2019

A Security Risk Analysis is a living document that should be reviewed at least annually to find new vulnerabilities, such as new technology, system upgrades, and any other changes within your practice that could affect the security of protected health information.


Practice Operations Consulting Services - 02/27/2019

Keep your practice at peak performance with these consulting services related to practice operations.


Revenue Cycle Assessment - 02/11/2019

A TMA consultant will conduct a review of your business office operations that focuses on front desk procedures, billing, collections and revenue cycle improvement. We will identify opportunities for improvement of billing processes and procedures.


Human Resources Consulting Services - 12/19/2018

Would you like help with realigning staff duties, defining staff roles, streamlining work flow, and determining the most efficient staffing level for your practice? TMA Practice Consultants can help.


Practice Start-Up - 12/19/2018

Comprehensive assistance with the challenges of starting a new practice or moving an existing practice. Setup includes creation of a financial business plan, office site review, vendor and technology selection, staff recruiting, and staff training.


Coding and Documentation Review - 12/19/2018

An in-depth review of medical record documentation and claims coding that identifies deficiencies and areas of risk. This review will help streamline coding and documentation processes and decrease the risk of external audits.


Practice Check-Up - 12/12/2018

An overview of practice operations and financial analyses designed for small practices (one to three physicians) that includes gross charges, gross collections, adjusted collections, and accounts receivable. This will provide a “snapshot” of your practice’s daily processes and current financial health.


MIPS Training and Assistance - 12/12/2018

TMA's practice management consultants can conduct a MACRA readiness assessment of your practice and provide customized on-site assistance to help you with your practice's specific needs. The assessment will focus on clinical processes, electronic health record optimization, and workflow improvement opportunities to help increase your MIPS scoring.


TMA Case Study: Coding and Documentation - 10/05/2018

TMA’s certified professional coders and auditors can help protect your revenue by performing an in-depth review of how your practice documents medical records and codes claims. The review helps streamline coding and documentation processes, and decrease the risk of external audits.


How to Bring Down Your No-Show Rate - 08/16/2018

Are no-show patients a big problem at your practice? Here is how one practice cut its no-show rate steeply.