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Physician, Hospital Groups Distribute Urgent Measles Advisory - 08/06/2019

Texas doctors and hospitals have a new tool to fight the ever-increasing measles threat, as the number of people sickened by the infectious yet preventable disease climbs. The Texas Medical Association (TMA) and Texas Hospital Association (THA) have created a new resource to help physicians, hospitals, and other health care professionals combat the highly contagious, yet entirely preventable, respiratory illness.


Unfair Playing Field? QPP Scoring May Hurt Physicians Not Hospital-Affiliated - 08/02/2019

As 2019 rolls on and physicians operate under new portions of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), many physicians may face an even bigger disadvantage — simply by virtue of not billing the vast majority of their services at a hospital.


False Impression: Medicine Says Medicare Report Inflates Success of Quality Program - 08/02/2019

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.


Anybody There? Physicians Unfairly Penalized for AWOL Medicare Advantage Patients - 08/02/2019

You’ve tried and tried and tried. Phone calls, emails – nothing. A Medicare Advantage plan assigned you a patient who didn’t choose you, and the patient is driving that point home – by ignoring you. Or maybe the contact information the plan gave you is out of date, and the patient’s latest phone number or email is unknown. Either way, your as-yet-unseen patient is AWOL – and you can be penalized for it on health plans’ quality ratings, which ultimately can affect payments. New Texas Medical Association policy takes aim at the unfairness this lack of patient response can present for physicians, while opening up an opportunity for medicine to work with health plans to solve the problem.


Physicians Concerned Over State’s Inaccurate Death Reporting - 06/25/2019

Some Texas physicians are concerned that the state’s death statistics are not as accurate as they should be. Like in many states, Texas’ death reporting system feeds inconsistent information into the state’s vital statistics database. As a result, distorted death statistics inaccurately portray how people are dying, which could have negative public health implications.


Faulty Guidelines - 06/03/2019

Former Texas Medical Association President Josie Williams, MD, was tenacious in advocating that organized medicine pay zealous attention to two topics: data and guidelines. In this, she was both sage and prescient. We have done well in following her recommendations on data, but we continue to fall far short of where we need to be on guidelines.


Get Awarded For Your Quality Work in 2018 - 05/23/2019

Did you submit Merit-Based Incentive Payment System data for the 2018 Quality Payment Program and feel like you deserve some kind of recognition for your hard work all year long? Apply now for the 2018-19 Physician Practice Quality Improvement Award.


Medicine to CMS: Medicare Report Inflates Success of Quality Program - 05/01/2019

If you read the recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) report on the first-year of the Quality Payment Program, you’d likely come away with the perception that the program’s launch was an overwhelming success. 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 take back the report.


The Results Are In: Physicians Finally See How They Fared in First Year of MIPS - 10/16/2018

Physicians finally see how they fared in the first year of Medicare's "MIPS" quality payment program.


Learn From the Experts - 09/26/2018

The Texas Quality Summit, scheduled for November 18-19 and hosted by the Texas Medical Association and the American College of Medical Quality, will give physicians the tools they need to prosper in a value-based care environment.


Revved-up Reporting - 05/03/2018

As federal quality reporting mandates and noncompliance penalties add up, experts say registries can help take the sting out of the process and rev up quality improvement for physician practices. The online reporting tool is also taking a front seat over claims-based reporting as Medicare signals its plans to eventually phase out that less efficient and less clinically accurate option.


New TMF Network Aims to Improve Adult Immunization Rates - 04/25/2018

Despite the availability of effective vaccines to help prevent influenza, pneumonia, and shingles, immunization rates for adults remain significantly low. To help boost these numbers for Medicare beneficiaries, the TMF Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization has established the Immunizations Network for physicians and other health care professionals.


Register Now for the Texas Quality Summit - 04/24/2018

This fall, TMA is hosting a unique event to help you improve performance, increase efficiency, and continue to deliver high-quality care. Join your colleagues for the Texas Quality Summit Nov. 18–19, and get the latest resources and hands-on training to take your practice to the next level. Register now, as seating is limited.


Register for the Texas Quality Summit - 04/24/2018

This fall, TMA is hosting a unique event designed to help you improve performance, increase efficiency, and continue to deliver high-quality care. Join your colleagues for the Texas Quality Summit Nov. 18–19, and get the latest resources and hands-on training to take your practice to the next level. Register now, as seating is available to a limited number of participants on a first-come, first-served basis.


TMA Wise Choice for Choosing Wisely Grant - 04/20/2018

The ABIM Foundation awarded TMA a $50,000 grant to advance the Choosing Wisely campaign among Texas physicians. Choosing Wisely is leading a national conversation about doing the right thing at the right time for the right patient and avoiding unnecessary care. TMA is one of only five state medical associations to receive a grant from the ABIM Foundation.


Help Patients Make Wise Choices About Treatment Options - 04/20/2018

Tools are emerging to help physicians overcome the time constraints that can preempt discussions with patients.


And the Award for Practice Quality Improvement Goes to … - 04/20/2018

Almost 100 medical practices in Texas earned a TMF Physician Practice Quality Improvement Award in 2017


TMF Offers Resources to Navigate CMS Requirements - 04/20/2018

TMF has launched three physician-focused networks designed to save time, improve patient care, and reduce costs associated with meeting these requirements. These programs, focused on immunizations, behavioral health and value-based improvements, are designed to help physicians benefit from—and not be penalized by—these mandates.


QPP Made Simple(r) - 04/20/2018

The Physicians Advocacy Institute is helping doctors understand the MACRA Quality Payment Program (QPP) by launching an online resource center with the help of the Texas Medical Association, other state medical societies, and health care consulting firm Healthsperien.


Quality Improvement: Practice Awards and Free Webinars - 04/20/2018

TMA, the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association (TOMA), and the TMF Health Quality Institute are collaborating again to provide the Physician Practice Quality Improvement Award program. The award formally recognizes physician practices for their dedication and commitment to providing high-quality patient care and improving outcomes.


Registration Open for the Texas Primary Care and Health Home Summit - 04/20/2018

This year’s Texas Primary Care and Health Home Summit will be the fifth annual statewide conference focused on expanding access to high-quality, person-centered primary care for Texans and their families. Sponsored by TMA, the summit will offer stakeholders the opportunity to learn about innovative primary care models, including the health home. Attendees will become conversant with best practices for innovation in primary care and will have opportunities to interact with program experts at various stages of implementation. Register now to attend the summit May 11–12 at the Sheraton Gunter in San Antonio.


Tell the Feds About MIPS Burdens, Prevent a 2020 Penalty - 04/20/2018

Do you find collecting and reporting Medicare quality data to be challenging, time-consuming, costly, or meaningless? If so, here’s your chance to tell the feds about that burden.


Quality and Cost Reports Are Here - 04/19/2018

This fall, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made quality and cost reports available to physicians and group practices nationwide for the first time. The Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs) provide comparative information about the quality and cost of the care you delivered to your Medicare fee-for-service patients during 2013.


Tips on How to Report Data on Quality Measures for MACRA - 04/19/2018

Tips from TMA to help you determine which reporting mechanism will best fit your practice for the first Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance period in 2017.


Tell Your Patients What They Want to Know - 04/19/2018

Patients want their doctor to provide health-related information and often feel they are not getting enough information. Choosing Wisely® can help you bridge the gap with guidelines from medical specialty societies.