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Hassle Factor Log Program User Information - 06/30/2020

Hassle Factor Log Program User Information


Practice E-Tips on Billing and Collections - 06/15/2020

Practice E-Tips on Billing and Collections


Running Out of Reasons: Low Payments, Hassles Leave Physicians Wondering: Why stay in Medicare? - 06/01/2020

Texas physicians who deal with Medicare’s substandard payments and world-class administrative hassles are feeling underappreciated. The latest report from the committee that advises Congress on Medicare payment policy may exacerbate that feeling. In March, the Medicare Payment Advisory Committee (MedPAC) released its annual report assessing payments to physicians, among other sectors. MedPAC recommended no changes to the 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule, meaning no increase in physician payments.  


CMS to Recoup Chronic Care Management Payments - 12/06/2019

Some Texas physicians and outpatient facilities might have to refund payments they received for chronic care management services performed during 2015 and 2016 under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, federal officials said.


Practice e-Tips on Claims - 10/30/2019

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More Resources to Get Paid - 10/23/2019

TMA helps physicians “Get Paid.” In 2016, our Hassle Factor Log helped members recover more than $1.8 million in insurance payments.


United Healthcare Cuts Consults - 09/04/2019

United Healthcare is eliminating payment for consults in two phases – one that took effect June 1 for certain services, and their complete elimination starting in October. The change is an effort to align with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services policy that eliminated payment for most consults in 2010, but it’s going to make it more difficult for many specialists to get compensated for the extra time and work those services require.


Guide to Insurance Overpayments and Refund Requests - 08/14/2019

Use this guide to help you and your staff properly assess refund requests from health plans.


Out in the Cold: Health Plan Blamed For Major Prompt-Pay Mess - 08/02/2019

Molina Healthcare of Texas isn’t the only insurer to give physicians prompt-pay problems, and it won’t be the last. Some of the practices trying to recover payments blame not just the health plan, but also the extended response time from the state regulator overseeing insurance products and conduct: the Texas Department of Insurance, which says it’s hiring staff and making other changes to improve that response.


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. 


Texas Clinics Repay Medicare for Improper Claims - 03/04/2019

Several Texas dialysis clinics in El Paso and the Dallas-Fort Worth area have had to repay Medicare for treating people in the country illegally.


Cornered: Proposed Medicare Fee Overhaul Could Box In Doctors - 02/05/2019

Proposed overhaul to Medicare payments for complex patient care visits and same-day office-based procedures could box in Texas physicians.


SB 418: Prompt Pay Final Rules - 01/24/2019

SB 418: Prompt Pay Final Rules


Sharing is Caring? Health Care Sharing Ministries Cause Confusion - 12/07/2018

Confusion surrounding health care sharing ministries puts Texas Medical Association on alert.


New Laws Require Billing Disclosures by Physicians - 04/27/2018

A raft of new rules took effect Sept. 1 requiring, medical practices to reveal specific billing information to patients.


Billing for H1N1 Vaccine Administration - 04/27/2018

For some payers, you may need to bill a penny for the H1N1 vaccine to be paid for administration.


TMA Payment Advocacy Services - 04/26/2018

TMA Payment Advocacy Services


What Stimulus Means to Texas Health Care - 04/24/2018

State health officials have released preliminary information on major health and human services allocations for Texas in the $789 billion economic stimulus bill President Obama signed. The largest portion is $5.45 billion for Medicaid through the first quarter of 2011.


AMA: Bad Claims Payment Increasing - 04/19/2018

It's not your imagination. Most health insurers are getting worse at correctly paying physicians' claims, the American Medical Association says in its fourth annual National Health Insurer Report Card.


5010 Deadline Extended; Dual Eligible Problem Not Fixed - 04/17/2018

Acknowledging that many physicians and billing entities still aren't ready, federal officials are giving physicians three more months before it begins enforcing the use of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) 5010 transaction standards. The new deadline is June 30.


Practice e-Tips on Reimbursement - 12/13/2017

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Three Ways to Achieve Four Important Fee Schedule Traits - 07/12/2017

By paying careful attention to your practice fee schedule, you’ll not only ensure you are getting paid insurers’ allowable charges but you also may help make sure health plans pay you on time.


Preauthorization Denial: What’s Your Recourse? - 05/10/2017

So a health plan has denied your preauthorization request for a patient’s treatment. What options do you have?


BCBS Posts BlueCompare Information - 03/08/2017

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBS) has posted online the presentation from the Dec. 22 webinar about its BlueCompare program. It was the only webinar the company conducted on the program, which rates some 18,000 Texas physicians in 14 specialties.


TDI Proposes HMO Rule Rewrite - 12/01/2016

Whenever a state agency undertakes a wholesale overhaul of a set of regulations important to physicians and patients, TMA examines the proposal extremely carefully. That's why a TMA staff team spent weeks studying the Texas Department of Insurance's (TDI's) Oct. 7 proposed repeal and rewrite of the entire regulatory chapter on HMOs.