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Submit 2020 Data Now to Avoid Medicare Pay Cut - 01/08/2021

If you participated in Medicare’s Quality Payment Program (QPP) under the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), the window to submit data to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) opened Jan. 4 and closes March 31. The deadline to submit all claims under the Quality performance category is March 1.


CMS Increases Advanced APM Thresholds for 2021 - 11/13/2020

If you participated in Medicare’s Quality Payment Program (QPP) this year as a Qualifying Alternative Payment Model Participant (QP), you’ll need to keep an eye on your status for 2021.


COVID-19 Negatively Affecting Physician Wellness, Survey Shows - 09/17/2020

Fifty percent of physicians have experienced inappropriate anger, tearfulness, or anxiety because of COVID-19’s effects on their practice or employment, according to a new survey on the pandemic’s effects on physicians.


You Need More Than PPE to Fight COVID-19 Effectively - 07/28/2020

To help community physicians during these challenging times, the Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF) has established the TMAF Caring for Physician Healers: Mental Health and Wellness Resources During COVID-19 Fund.


Seven Ways TMA Is Helping the Medical Community Cope With COVID-19 - 07/24/2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, you might be getting overwhelmed by the stress of caring for patients while protecting yourself and your staff. The Texas Medical Association’s Committee on Physician Health and Wellness is committed to supporting your well-being during this time of challenge and distance.


COVID-19 Doesn’t Have to Be Mentally Overwhelming - 05/20/2020

The COVID-19 can take its toll on you and your colleagues. To help give you some perspective – as well as some insight and tips – into taking care of your own mental well-being, the Texas Medical Association reached out to Austin psychiatrist and internal medicine physician Thomas Kim, MD, who spoke at length about what causes stress and ways to overcome it.


Practicing Self-Care 2.0 During These Stressful Times - 04/01/2020

If you want to improve your mental and physical well-being during these uncertain times, the following changes might be helpful.


CMS Postpones 2019 MIPS Reporting Deadline to April 30 - 03/23/2020

With a key deadline for clinicians in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System approaching fast amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is giving those clinicians a month of extra time to submit their data.


Improve Your Overall Wellness With TMA’s Help - 02/26/2020

If your goal is to improve your wellness this year, the Texas Medical Association Committee on Physician Health and Wellness can really help. The committee has created online courses, toolkits, and free exercises to encourage health and well-being for physicians, residents, and medical students.


TPHC Praises Bill to Make State College Campuses and Offices Tobacco-Free - 02/20/2020

Statement by Eduardo Sanchez, MD, chair of the Texas Public Health Coalition and former Texas commissioner of health, in support of legislation filed to make Texas state college campuses and state agencies tobacco-free.


RoweDocs to Host Walk With a Doc Texas Event - 02/18/2020

Houston residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Latisha “Tisha” Rowe, MD, of RoweDocs for a Houston Walk With a Doc Texas event.


Cataract, Glaucoma, Cornea & Retina Consultants to Host Walk With a Doc Texas Event - 02/18/2020

 Nacogdoches residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Orry C. Birdsong, MD, of Cataract, Glaucoma, Cornea & Retina Consultants for a Nacogdoches Walk With a Doc Texas event.


Save the Date: Help Improve the Overall Health of Physicians - 01/31/2020

How is medicine encouraging organizational changes? How is medicine supporting the need for mental and emotional quality-of-life resources in academic medical centers? These questions and more will be addressed during the second-annual Texas Medical Association Physician Health and Wellness Exchange in October.


Allergy & Asthma Texas Health to Host its First Walk With a Doc Texas Event - 01/29/2020

San Antonio residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Araceli Elizalde, MD, of Allergy & Asthma Texas Health for the clinic’s first San Antonio Walk With a Doc Texas event.


South Alamo Medical Group to Host Its First Walk With a Doc Texas Event - 01/13/2020

San Antonio residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Miguel Ayala, MD, of South Alamo Medical Group for the group’s first San Antonio Walk With a Doc Texas event.


Houston Physician to Host Her First Walk With a Doc Texas Event - 01/06/2020

The Walk With a Doc concept is simple: Physicians organize walks in their communities and invite their patients, their patients’ families, and community members to join them. Walkers will enjoy a refreshing and invigorating walk with Dr. Averyt and other health care professionals, who will provide support to participants and answer questions during the walk.


Arlington Integrative Medicine to Host Its First Walk With a Doc Texas Event - 01/06/2020

The Walk With a Doc concept is simple: Physicians organize walks in their communities and invite their patients, their patients’ families, and community members to join them. Walkers will enjoy a refreshing and invigorating walk with Dr. Parvez and other health care professionals, who will provide support to participants and answer questions during the walk.


Help Medicaid Patients Keep Appointments With Free Rides - 12/11/2019

If your Medicaid patient has trouble keeping his or her appointments with your office due to lack of transportation or gas money, be sure the patient knows how to seek help from Medicaid.


AMA House Punts on Texas Plan to Fix QPP - 11/20/2019

A decision on whether the American Medical Association (AMA) will join the Texas Medical Association’s call for major changes to Medicare’s Quality Payment Program (QPP) will have to wait a few more months, the AMA House of Delegates decided at its annual meeting in Chicago last week. The QPP overhaul was just one of 11 resolutions the Texas delegation to the AMA took to the five-day meeting. Most of the other 10 received a very warm welcome.


Memorial Hermann Community Benefit Corporation to Host First-Anniversary Walk With a Doc Texas Event(1) - 11/11/2019

Houston residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Guadalupe Roldan, MD, and colleagues from the Memorial Hermann Community Benefit Corporation for their first-anniversary Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas event.


UTMB Students to Host First Walk With a Future Doc Texas Event in Galveston - 11/11/2019

Galveston residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Samuel Mathis, MD, and The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) medical students for the school’s first Galveston Walk With a Future Doc Texas event.


Lone Star Family Health Center to Host Walk With a Doc Texas Event - 11/06/2019

Conroe residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Daniel Porter, MD, of Lone Star Family Health Center for the clinic’s Conroe Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas event.


Memorial Hermann Community Benefit Corporation to Host First-Anniversary Walk With a Doc Texas Event - 11/05/2019

Houston residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Guadalupe Roldan, MD, and colleagues from the Memorial Hermann Community Benefit Corporation for their first-anniversary Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas event.


Laredo Premier Healthcare to Host First Anniversary Walk With a Doc Texas Event Saturday - 10/07/2019

 Laredo residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Luis Benavides, MD, and colleagues from Laredo Premier Healthcare for Laredo’s first anniversary Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas event.


Helical Health to Host its First Walk With a Doc Texas Event - 09/23/2019

Southlake, Keller, and Grapevine-Colleyville residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join Niraj Mehta, DO, of Helical Health, PLLC for the clinic’s first Southlake-Keller Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas event.