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Reactivate Your EHR’s Access to the PMP - 01/06/2022

With the state of Texas no longer covering the fees that allow physicians’ electronic health record (EHR) systems to integrate with the state’s prescription monitoring program (PMP), physicians are now responsible for paying those fees. If you want your system integrated with the PMP, know your options and make sure you stay connected.


How to Renew Your Electronic Prescribing Hardship Waiver - 12/16/2021

Physicians and other prescribers in Texas must now electronically prescribe controlled substances (EPCS). However, prescribers who demonstrate financial or technical hardships, or other exceptional circumstances, are eligible for a waiver from the Texas Medical Board (TMB) that, if approved, grants a one-year delay. If the hardship persists, prescribers must renew that waiver annually.


Texas Medical Board Posts More Details on E-Prescribing Waivers - 12/10/2021

Prescriptions for all controlled substances must be filed electronically. However, prescribers who demonstrate financial or technical hardships, or other exceptional circumstances, can apply for a waiver that, if approved, will grant a one-year delay.


TMA Working to Stop PMP Fees - 08/04/2021

When Texas started requiring that physicians check the state’s prescription monitoring program (PMP), the state appropriated funds to cover the licensing fee for the first two years. Effective Sept. 1, however, that fee is no longer covered


Ask the Expert: What You Need to Know About E-Prescribing Controlled Substances - 03/22/2021

If you’re still unsure about new requirements that all Texas physicians electronically prescribe controlled substances, tune into a TMA “Ask the Expert” virtual discussion set for 6 pm (CT) Tuesday, March 23.


What You Need to Know About Mandatory E-Prescribing Controlled Substances - 01/12/2021

The Texas Medical Association has created a “frequently asked questions” (FAQ) document that can help you understand state and federal laws that went into effect Jan. 1 requiring physicians to electronically prescribe controlled substances as well as various waivers.


E-Prescribing of Controlled Substances to be Required Jan. 1 - 12/09/2020

Although state law and Medicare policy will require electronic prescriptions for all controlled substances beginning Jan. 1, Texas prescribers have several options for delaying implementation for at least another year.


How to Prescribe Controlled Substances Under COVID-19 Waivers - 08/19/2020

If you treat patients with chronic pain, you can temporarily prescribe certain controlled substances during a telemedicine visit under state and federal waivers issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


No Cannabis for Pregnant Women or New Mothers, FDA Warns - 10/22/2019

Texas physicians are encouraged to help the U.S. Food and Drug Administration spread the word to pregnant and breast-feeding mothers to avoid using cannabis and cannabis-derived products.


Help Promote National Drug Prescription Take Back Day on Oct. 26 - 10/22/2019

Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which allows people to dispose of prescription drugs safely and anonymously, is scheduled for Oct. 26 at locations throughout the state.


Four Ways To Improve Your Practice’s E-Prescribing - 02/26/2019

E-prescribing has become commonplace in most practices, but, as with most new technology, there are still lessons to be learned to improve the quality of electronic prescriptions.


Texas Doctors Seek Red-Tape Reduction to Help Patients in Need - 06/07/2018

The 34-member Texas Delegation to the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates will ask the policymaking body to adopt a resolution this week to help patients with disabilities get devices to help them move, and another to allow physicians to prescribe medications electronically for patients they know.


Help Improve E-Prescription Accuracy - 05/24/2018

To improve the accuracy of its e-prescribing system, Surescripts is recommending specific enhancements, and it wants you to respond to a brief survey to validate its recommendations.


U.S. Opioid Abuse: Teaching Is Fundamental - 05/03/2018

Abuse of prescription pain medications has become a national epidemic behind the top three most commonly abused substances ― alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana ― according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Physicians Will Lead Legislature’s Controlled Substances Committee - 01/18/2018

When a special joint committee of the Texas Legislature tackles issues with controlled substances this year, physician-lawmakers will take the lead.


FDA Says No to Prescription Opioid Cough Meds for Children - 01/17/2018

FDA officials announced recently that prescription cough and cold medications that contain codeine or hydrocodone should not be given to patients younger than 18 years because the medicines’ risks outweigh their benefits in children.


DEA Investigations - 04/26/2017

This article provides general information regarding what to do, and what not to do, when a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigator contacts you.


Pharmacogenetics in Physician Practice - 09/01/2016

Chronic pain is a significant problem in the United States as more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Opioid medications have been used to help those who suffer. Although these medications can give patients pain relief, increase their function, and improve their quality of life, their use can be risky and life-threatening. Opioid use has led to epidemic levels of unintentional overdoses in the United States.


DPS Answers Controlled Substance Certificate Renewal Questions - 05/06/2014

As physicians tell the Texas Medical Association about their continued problems getting the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to process their applications for renewal of their controlled substance certificates, TMA continues to press state officials for an explanation. More importantly, TMA continues to press DPS officials to let physicians know what they have to do to get their renewed certificates and when they can expect to receive them.


Board Pulls Plan for Pharmacists to Check Diagnoses - 02/13/2014

The Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) quickly killed a proposal that would have required pharmacists to contact the prescribing physician for each new patient with a prescription for a controlled substance. The decision came at a crowded TSBP meeting Feb. 11, 2014. "Another bureaucratic obstacle to medical practice has been stopped," said TMA General Counsel Donald "Rocky" Wilcox.