Calendar Helps Avoid Doom

Calendar of Doom LogoTMA has a new Internet-based tool that can help you comply with the increasing number of commercial insurance and federal and state regulations that affect you and your patients. Called the Calendar of Doom, it was unveiled by Texas Medical Association President C. Bruce Malone, MD, at the 2011 TMA Fall Conference last month

Dr. Malone said the calendar is necessary because the "demand to comply with growing state and federal regulations are so onerous and because so few of us are really prepared for it all …" Medicine, he added, is "destined to become the most regulated industry in the nation."

The calendar alerts you and your staff to upcoming state and federal compliance timelines and key health policy issues.

When you log on to you can click on a compliance date and learn the background of the regulation, what agency enforces it, the consequences of not complying, the next steps you need to take, and how TMA can help you meet the deadline. For instance, Dec. 1 is the deadline to opt out of Medicare.

"As bad as it sounds, I am quite hopeful that the Calendar of Doom will be a good thing … a very good thing … for you and all Texas physicians," Dr. Malone said as he introduced the calendar at 2011 TMA Fall Conference. "The Calendar of Doom will provide a great opportunity for TMA to demonstrate tremendous value to our members."

Joining Dr. Malone in reviewing some of the key doomsday scenarios were Drs. Dan McCoy of the TMA Board of Trustees, Gary Floyd of the Council on Legislation, Matt Murray of the Council on Health Care Quality, Charles Stiernberg of the Council on Health Care Quality, Joe Todd of the TEXPAC Board, and key TMA staff members.

Action, Nov. 1, 2011