“Doom” Discussion to Headline Physicians’ Conference

 For Immediate Release
Oct. 20, 2011   

Contact: Pam Udall 
phone: (512) 370-1382
cell: (512) 413-6807  

Brent Annear
phone: (512) 370-1381
cell: (512) 656-7320 

Surviving ACOs, New Health Regulations Key Topics in Austin


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  • WHAT: 2011 Texas Medical Association (TMA) Fall Conference in Austin, featuring presentations on how to navigate the new health care law, accountable care organizations (ACOs), and myriad regulatory changes facing physicians. TMA also will recognize a beloved past president and bestow Texas medicine’s highest honor.    
  • WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, 9 am-noon (details below)

9 am: The 2011 TMA Distinguished Service Award: Bohn D. Allen, MD, a TMA past-president, will receive TMA’s highest honor.

9:20 am: The Quest for Accountable Care — Maximize the Moment! : Alice G. Gosfield, JD, (referred to as one of the top 25 health lawyers in the country) will discuss how physicians can shape their futures, regardless of practice setting. 

10:45 am: The TMA Calendar of Doom:  TMA’s Guide to Regulatory Compliance and Economic Survival: Panel of physician and staff experts moderated by TMA President C. Bruce Malone, MD, will discuss new compliance standards affecting physicians and their patients:

    • HIPAA 5010 Compliance — New Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) standards that regulate the electronic transmission of health care transactions;
    • ICD-10 Compliance —A complex new medical classification system that requires physicians to learn a whole new set of 14,400 billing codes to classify diseases, symptoms, and the like;
    • E-Prescribing and Meaningful Use Incentives/Penalties — Physicians face stiff penalties if they don’t use electronic prescribing and quality care measures in their practice;
    • Fraud and Abuse/Audits — Physicians can face fraud and abuse charges for simple administrative errors if they don’t exercise caution;
    • Medicare Meltdown: SGR Fix — Will Congress finally fix the defective payment formula used to pay physicians? What happens if physicians’ Medicare payments are cut almost 30 percent in January 2012?

(Can’t attend this panel in person? Follow live online via Ustream.)  

  • WHERE: Hyatt Regency Austin hotel, Level 2, Texas Ballroom 1, 208 Barton Springs Rd., Austin  
  • WHY:  The new health law is riddled with regulations that require physicians to change how they run their practice. Texas physicians need to learn how these changes affect their practices and their patients. The TMA Fall Conference is designed to help physicians get prepared for this new health care landscape.

Reporters, please call or ask for Brent Annear, Pam Udall, or Steve Levine upon arrival, and we’ll help guide you to the meeting and line up any interviews you may need.

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 45,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 120 component county medical societies around the state. TMA's key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.

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