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Don't Miss Out! Medicare Pays for Chronic Care Management - 11/22/2019

Do you manage patient referrals and care transitions between and among physicians and health care settings? Do you spend time reconciling medication lists and managing prescription refills for your patients? Do you take calls during and after office hours to address patient care needs? If the answer is yes and you're not billing for these types of services, you're missing out on a new CPT code and practice revenue opportunity from Medicare.


Texas Physicians Push to Improve Health Care for LGBTQ Patients - 09/03/2019

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning (LGBTQ) patients face unique barriers that put them at greater risk for mental and physical health problems. Often, their health disparities result from a lack of family support, public prejudice, and fear of the health care system. Texas physicians have launched a new workgroup and are adapting their practices to treat this underserved population.


Quality Care Pilot Takes Flight - 09/03/2019

How one children's clinic uses a targeted program to dramatically improve care, lower costs.


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.


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.


Making the CEHRT Switch: EHR Upgrade Required for Incentive Payment Programs - 02/27/2019

In medicine, a lot of things can be stressful. Done right, the switch to the latest certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) doesn’t have to be one of them. The change is inevitable in the coming year for physicians already using EHRs to participate in Medicare or Medicaid incentive payment programs. Most practices are using the 2014 version. Beginning in 2019, physicians must use 2015 CEHRT for the 2019 performance period, which ultimately determines their payment.


Marriage Material: Independent Practices Find Success in Commitment to Accountable Care Organizations - 01/02/2019

TMA PracticeEdge joins together independent physician practices in accountable care organizations. Their commitment to pool resources and to improve patient care is paying off in the Medicare Shared Savings Program and other value-based care contracts.


How Will Value-Based Care Spread Beyond Primary Care? - 12/10/2018

As a specialist, you can participate in value-based models that reward you for lowering the cost of the episodes of care that you control. Episodes of care include both treatments and chronic conditions, both of which have been largely ignored in existing value-based arrangements.


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.


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.


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.


Final MACRA Rule Includes Real Improvements - 04/19/2018

Maybe the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) isn’t a cold, faceless bureaucracy after all. In the wake of this summer’s withering criticism of the agency’s draft rule to implement Medicare’s new quality payment programs, CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt pledged that he and his staff would listen to physicians’ real concerns about the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). CMS published the final rule on Oct. 14, and, at first blush, the 2,398-page document appears to include some significant improvements for physicians and patients. TMA suggested many of those improvements in the 50 recommendations we submitted to CMS in our formal comment letter on the draft rule.


Getting Patients to Take Their Meds - 04/19/2018

Patients need to take the medicines you prescribe so they can get well or feel better. New payment models reward you when they do. Here are some tips for helping patients stay with their medication regimen.


Last Chance to Register for this Weekend's Texas Quality Summit - 04/19/2018

Limited seats remain for this weekend's Texas Quality Summit, co-hosted by the TMA Council on Health Care Quality and the American College of Medical Quality (ACMQ). The meeting takes place in Austin at the TMA building in the Thompson Auditorium.


TMF Announces 2016–17 Physician Practice Quality Improvement Award - 04/19/2018

Physician practices continue to make great strides in providing reliable preventive services by using health information technology and effective care management methods. TMF Health Quality Institute wants to recognize practices for their hard work. TMF is once again sponsoring the Physician Practice Quality Improvement Award program.