|TMA Action Jan. 17,
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INSIDE: Blue Cross
Takes Blues Out of ACA Grace
Blue Cross Takes
Blues Out of ACA Grace Period
Claim Your Claim From Aetna Settlement
TMA Flu Fighters Are
Report PQRS in 2013? You Can Still Avoid Penalty
Don't Use Code G8553 for
EHR Safe Harbor Exception Extended Through
Running Out to Save 20 Percent on CME
Updated Child Mental Health Guide
Protect 34,000 Little Heads This Year
Train Your Staff in State and Federal Privacy
Gives Refunds, Guidance on Incarcerated Patients
TMAF to Fund More
Programs in 2014
Discovery Zone at TMA Winter Conference
Free Workers' Comp
Education on Billing Changes
Disguise Yourself at TMAF's 21st Annual Benefit
Accepting Quality Poster Submissions
Get AccessMedicine Textbooks from TMA
TMA PHW Conference
Focuses on Cultural Competence
This Month in Texas Medicine
Blue Cross Takes Blues Out of ACA Grace Period
With many Texas medical practices concerned and confused about the 90-day
grace period for patients paying premiums on Affordable Care Act exchange health
plans, at least one Texas carrier has stepped up to help.
The ACA requires insurance companies to provide 90 days for a patient with
subsidized marketplace coverage to pay all unpaid premiums. During the first 30
days of the grace period, insurers must pay for physician services provided to
the patient. However, federal rules allow health plans to pend claims for
services incurred in the second or third month of that window. Texas law on
prompt payment of claims will still apply. If the patient still hasn't paid the
premium, the carrier may then recoup any payments made.
"The federal law doesn't make any sense and is wrong," said Texas Medical Association President Stephen L. Brotherton,
MD. "TMA has talked to the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services
about the possible harm this regulation can cause to practices across the state.
Officials there acknowledged it's problematic but have not taken steps to fix
it. This is not acceptable."
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX), which is the only insurance
company offering ACA exchange plans in all 254 Texas counties, has pledged to
help minimize any negative impact on physicians from the grace period.
"We recognize the difficulties presented by the federal law, and rather than
holding or denying claims filed during the grace period, BCBSTX will pay
physicians," said BCBSTX President Bert Marshall.
Mr. Marshall added that BCBSTX will reach out to encourage patients covered
by the company to pay their premiums. "We have a very good track record of
working with our members to make sure they get their premiums paid."
If the 90th day passes without the patient paying the premium, however,
BCBSTX will recoup any payments made to physicians. It will notify doctors of
those recoupments through an explanation-of-benefits notice.
"TMA is calling on other insurers to follow BCBSTX's example," Dr. Brotherton
The TMA website offers these additional resources for physicians regarding
the ACA exchange plans:
Claim Your Claim From Aetna Settlement
March 28, 2014, is the deadline for physicians to postmark claims for part
of the $120 million settlement in a lawsuit against Aetna over payments for
The settlement covers physicians and health care providers who delivered
out-of-network services to Aetna subscribers any time between June 3, 2003, and
Aug. 30, 2013, and received less than the billed charge.
There are two options for filing a claim. One involves submitting detailed
documentation of the out-of-network services you provided, the bills you
submitted to Aetna and the patients, and the payment you received.
WhatleyKallas, LLP, one of the private law firms involved in the case, has
published a step-by-step guide to help physicians and other health care
providers maximize their recovery from the settlement.
TMA, the American Medical Association, and the medical societies of
California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York,
Tennessee, and Washington sued Aetna in 2009 over its use of databases licensed
from Ingenix, a UnitedHealth Group Inc. subsidiary. Ingenix underpaid physicians
for out-of-network services, the lawsuit said. It also challenged other ways
Aetna determined out-of-network payment rates and accused Aetna of failing to
disclose how it figured those rates. A patient filed a similar suit in 2007.
Aetna, United, and other insurers agreed to stop using the Ingenix database
in settlements with the New York State Attorney General in 2009. That settlement
created FAIR Health to take over and improve the database and establish
transparent, current, and reliable health care charge information.
Additional information about the settlement, including claim forms, can be
found on the Aetna UCR
TMA Flu Fighters Are Back
With influenza now widespread across Texas, TMA's Committee on Infectious
Diseases has resurrected the TMA Flu Fighters. The project provides physicians
timely advice on how to prevent, recognize, diagnose, and treat influenza.
The Flu Fighters' first email
update went out on Jan. 8, 2014, and the second
went out on Jan. 15. It includes detailed information on dosages and treatment
using antiviral medications.
TMA is targeting the email updates to those specialists most likely to
encounter flu patients. If you are not receiving them but would like to, contact
the TMA Knowledge Center by telephone at (800) 880-7955 or by email.
The Flu Fighters are John Carlo, MD, of Dallas, chair of TMA's Council on
Science and Public Health; Wendy Chung, MD, Dallas County Health and Human
Services' chief epidemiologist and chair of TMA's Committee on Infectious
Diseases; Lisa Cornelius, MD, from the Texas Department of State Health
Services; Bruno Granwehr, MD, and Seema Shah, MD, of Houston; Gil Handal, MD, of
El Paso; Philip Huang, MD, medical director at Austin/Travis County Health and
Human Services; Charles Lerner, MD, of San Antonio; and Donald Murphey, MD, of
Didn't Report PQRS in 2013? You Can Still Avoid Penalty
Eligible physicians (EPs) not participating in the Physician
Quality Reporting System (PQRS) for the 2013 reporting year will pay a
1.5-percent penalty on their Medicare claims in 2015. However, individual
physicians and group practices that have not yet reported PQRS data, did not
elect the administrative claims-based reporting option in October, and do not
plan on meeting the full requirements to earn the 0.5 percent bonus still can
avoid the penalty.
According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the
following options are available.
EPs can avoid the penalty if they report at least:
- One valid individual measure via claims, participating registry, or
qualified electronic health record (EHR); or
- One valid measure in a measures group via claims or participating registry.
Group practices participating in the group practice reporting option,
referred to as GPRO, can avoid the penalty if they report at least:
Note: You will not earn the 2013 PQRS 0.5-percent bonus payment
simply by reporting one valid measure or one measures group. You will only avoid
the future 1.5-percent penalty in 2015. Physicians and group practices can still
participate fully in PQRS for 2013 — thus earning the bonus and avoiding the
penalty — by reporting the required measures via claims, registry, or qualified
PQRS Reporting Methods and Deadlines
Claims-Based Reporting: All claims adjustments, re-openings,
or appeals processed by Novitas Solutions must reach the national Medicare
claims system data warehouse by Feb. 28, 2014, to be included in the 2013 PQRS
analysis. To view a claims example, see CMS-1500 Claim PQRS Example.
Participating Registry: TMA endorses two registries for PQRS:
PQRSwizard and Covisint PQRS.
The submission deadline for the PQRSwizard registry is March 13, 2014. For
Covisint PQRS, the submission deadline is March 1, 2014. Learn about TMA's discounted rates for these registries.
Electronic Health Record (EHR): You have until Feb. 28, 2014,
to submit data via a qualified EHR. Find out from your EHR vendor if this
capability is incorporated into your EHR or is an add-on service.
Don't Use Code G8553 for E-Prescribing
Starting this year, you'll no longer need the G-code for the Medicare
e-prescribing program. If you use the G8553 code, the claim will be rejected and
you'll have to resubmit it to Medicare.
Now that the e-prescribing incentive program has officially ended,
e-prescribing penalties based on 2013 participation are in place. The only way
to prevent penalties at this point is to participate in the Medicare and
Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) meaningful use incentive programs.
For 2014, physicians who did not successfully e-prescribe or participate
in the Medicare EHR incentive program during 2013 will be penalized 2 percent.
The 2-percent penalty will also be applied in 2015. At this point, the only way
to prevent future EHR and e-prescribing penalties is to participate in the
Medicare EHR incentive program.
Participation in the meaningful use
program will automatically prevent e-prescribing and meaningful use penalties.
Refer to TMA's one-pager that describes
penalties and exemptions for the EHR program.
Send your questions about
the e-prescribing program and other office technologies to the TMA HIT Helpline
by calling (800) 880-5720 or emailing HIT.
EHR Safe Harbor Exception Extended Through 2021
An exception to Stark self-referral and antikickback rules for physicians
who accept donations of nearly-free electronic health records (EHRs) items and
services from certain health care entities was set to expire last year, but it
will continue through 2021.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the
Inspector General and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
published companion rules that extend the regulatory exemptions.
Physicians who receive these EHRs must pay at least 15 percent of the
technology's cost to be eligible for the exception.
American Medical Association and TMA advocacy helped persuade HHS to extend
the exemption through 2021, the year the Medicaid meaningful use program ends.
In a letter to
CMS, TMA opposed removal of or expiration of the exemption. "By keeping the safe
harbor in place, physicians will have options for securing appropriate
technology needed for their practice," TMA wrote.
The rules also make these notable changes:
- A provision that laboratories may no longer donate EHRs,
- A new definition of software considered "interoperable" for donation
- Clarification of the prohibition of actions that limit or restrict the use,
compatibility, or interoperability of donated items, and
- Removal of the requirement related to electronic prescribing capability.
Time Is Running Out to Save 20 Percent on CME
The TMA Education Center continuing medical education (CME)
savings event is almost over. You only have through Jan. 31 to receive an
additional 20 percent off most of TMA's wide selection of quality CME
You already receive exclusive member pricing on all TMA CME courses as a
benefit of your membership, but for the remainder of January, the discounts
available in the TMA Education Center have gotten even bigger. With more than 80
TMA quality CME courses, including some 50 offering ethics credit, you won't
have a problem finding education that can benefit you and your practice.
Visit the TMA Education
Center now to stockpile the courses you'll need to satisfy your CME credit
requirements for the year, and you will automatically receive an additional 20
percent off your entire TMA Education Center purchase. On-demand courses and
publications are available for viewing later, as your schedule allows.
This exciting offer applies only to current TMA members and
their staff and is available through the end of January. It excludes live
seminars, software tools, and the Texas Medical Jurisprudence Manual and
Contact the TMA Knowledge Center with questions or for assistance by email or phone, (800) 880-7955.
Updated Child Mental Health Guide Available
Physicians who provide mental health care to children and adolescents have
an updated, valuable resource at their fingertips. The 2013 version of
Psychotropic Medication Utilization Parameters for Children and Youth in
Foster Care is available on the Texas Department of Family and Protective
Services (DFPS) website.
First released in 2005, the 22-page guide features recommendations for the
appropriate use of psychotropic medications for children in foster care.
Developed by DFPS and The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, the
guide includes information on the role of primary care physicians in the care of
children with mental disorders, principles for the use of psychotropic
medications in children, therapeutic controversies, usual recommended doses of
common psychotropic medications, and adverse medication effects.
M. Lynn Crismon, dean of The University of Texas at Austin College of
Pharmacy, says updates to the guide include a greater emphasis on performing a
culturally and developmentally appropriate assessment of children, new data on
the efficacy of psychotropic medications in treating acute mania, new
information on the potential for cardiovascular adverse effects with stimulants,
and tables on dosing recommendations.
TMA, along with the Rutgers University Center for Education and Research on
Mental Therapeutics and other organizations, provided feedback on the guide's
Let's Protect 34,000 Little Heads This Year
TMA's Hard Hats
for Little Heads bicycle helmet giveaway program celebrates its 20th
birthday this year. Help us make it an extraordinary year by sponsoring a helmet
giveaway in your community.
TMA family members — physicians, county medical societies, medical students,
and TMA Alliance members — can sponsor events. TMA provides everything you need
for your event, from helmets to publicity materials to promotional and
For the first 50 helmets you purchase, TMA provides another 50 helmets at no
charge. From there, the helmet
match increases based on the number you purchase. Helmets are $7.35 each,
So far, TMA has given away 166,000 helmets to Texas children. In celebration
of the program's 20-year history, we want to reach a new landmark — giving away
our 200,000th helmet. That means we need to give 34,000 helmets over the next 12
months. Help us meet this goal.
Plan your event today. Here are three ideal times for an event:
- March: Brain Injury Awareness Month,
- April: Texas Child Safety Month, and
- May: Bike Month.
For more information, contact Tammy Wishard, TMA's outreach coordinator, by
email or by telephone at (800)
880-1300, ext. 1470, or (512) 370-1470.
Hard Hats for Little Heads is made possible through a grant from the TMA
Foundation thanks to top donors — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas,
Prudential, and two anonymous foundations - and generous gifts from physicians
and their families and friends of medicine.
Train Your Staff in State and Federal Privacy Compliance
The Texas medical privacy law is even more stringent than its federal
counterparts, HIPAA, and the Health Information Technology for Economic and
Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, and requires that all physicians and their staff
receive training specific to their jobs. It must be "as necessary and
appropriate to carry out their duties"; one training size does not fit all.
TMA is offering a lunch-hour webinar on Jan. 22 titled HIPAA Training for Medical Office Staff that provides training
on state and federal medical staff compliance. Among other topics, your staff
will learn about common HIPAA myths, protected patient information, and
disclosure of protected health information. The webinar concludes with a live
Register now, and tune in Jan. 22 from noon to 1 pm CT for an
Also, mark your calendar for TMA's Complying With HIPAA Security webinar, set for Feb. 19. That
webinar will help you develop the required "clear procedures" to prevent,
detect, contain, and correct security violations in your practice.
CMS Gives Refunds, Guidance on Incarcerated Patients
If you had a Medicare payment recouped for providing services to patients
mistakenly identified as "incarcerated," refunds and guidance are on the
Last year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) incorrectly recouped payments from physicians for services
they provided to numerous Medicare patients who had mistakenly been identified
as incarcerated or otherwise in custody.
Novitas Solutions began issuing refunds to affected physicians in December.
CMS has also published a fact sheet titled "Medicare Coverage of Items and Services
Furnished to Beneficiaries in Custody Under a Penal Authority" to guide
physicians on the agency's policies and procedures.
The new fact sheet clarifies when the agency considers patients to be in
custody or incarcerated. It makes denial forms and notices more explicit in
justifying the reasons for a recoupment. The fact sheet focuses on how
physicians can ensure a patient's eligibility through the electronic transaction
for eligibility verification, the Medicare administrative contractor's online
portal, or by calling the contractor's hotline.
In letters to affected physicians notifying them of their Medicare refund,
CMS included a spreadsheet with claim-level details to help identify the claims
reprocessed and amounts paid or refunded on the claims. CMS noted that, in some
cases, the refund amount may include the claim repayment amount plus interest
assessed incorrectly on the erroneous overpayment.
When the recoupment error initially came to light, the American Medical
Association sent a letter to urge CMS to halt recoupment and establish a process
for resolving future discrepancies without further burdening physicians. TMA and
medical associations of 53 states, districts, and territories cosigned the
letter. TMA's Payment Advocacy Department staff worked with AMA and CMS staff to
resolve the issue.
The organizations urged the agency to stop the recovery and "improve the
process used to identify periods of incarceration and clarify denial forms and
notices so that providers are aware of the explicit reason justifying a
recoupment." The letter said the groups "oppose the burdensome requirement
placed on physicians to confirm the incarceration status of patients. While
under certain circumstances providers may be aware that a patient is
incarcerated, in other instances providers may have no indication of a patient's
status, especially if the patient is residing in a halfway house, living under
home detention, on parole, or unconscious and unable to convey that he or she is
A patient who is on parole, supervised release, or medical furlough or who
lives in a halfway house or similar situation may be in the custody of
authorities under a penal statute. In such cases, Medicare payment may be
Please note that messaging for denied claims regarding incarcerated Medicare
beneficiaries will change in February. For details, see MLN Matters No.
For more information, visit the CMS website.
TMAF to Fund More Programs in 2014
TMA has launched two new health improvement initiatives, bringing the total
number of TMA Foundation (TMAF)-funded grant programs to seven this year. This
represents nearly $390,000 in grant support from TMA's philanthropic arm, up
from $329,000 in 2013.
The new projects are these:
Wisely encourages physicians and patients to discuss the appropriateness of
medical tests and procedures that may be unnecessary or even harmful.
- Walk With a Doc — Texas was in pilot phase last year. Thanks
to a generous gift from Aetna Foundation and a grant from TMAF, it will expand
to 14 physician-led walk sites this year. Walk With a Doc is part of a national
grassroots movement devoted to encouraging healthy physical activity and
reversing the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle.
Award-winning programs that TMAF will continue to support in 2014 include Hard Hats
for Little Heads, Be Wise —
ImmunizeSM, the Minority Scholarship Program, the Ernest and Sarah
Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching, and the Award for Excellence
in Academic Medicine. To learn more or donate to ensure the future of TMA's
outstanding health improvement programming, visit the TMAF webpage; email TMAF Executive Director
Lisa Stark Walsh; or call (800) 880-1300, ext. 1666, or (512) 370-1666.
Be Wise — Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical
Discovery Zone at TMA Winter Conference
Want to learn more about the many great benefits your TMA membership brings?
Have a question or want hands-on training on how to use a member service? Stop
by the TMA Discovery Zone at the 2014 TMA Winter
Conference and explore some fantastic things your TMA is doing to support
physicians across Texas.
Visit the TMA Discovery Zone to:
- Peruse the current CME catalog in the TMA Education Center;
- Learn how TMA's expert consultants can assist your practice;
- Get hands-on training for DocbookMD — a HIPAA-secure mobile communication
- Get answers from TMA Knowledge Center staff;
- Find technology and quality resources for meaningful use, the Physician
Quality Reporting System, and more; and
- Ease your transition to ICD-10 with an introduction to TMA's Complete ICD-10
TMA Winter Conference will be at the Hyatt Regency in Austin Jan. 31-Feb. 1,
and registration is open. Make your hotel reservations online or by calling (888) 421-1442.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn is a confirmed speaker for the conference. Texas Health
and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek, MD, along with a panel of
physician leaders and legislators, will discuss the new health care
transformation during the General Session on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 8:30 to
Free Workers' Comp Education on Billing Changes
The Texas Department of Insurance's (TDI's) Division of Workers'
Compensation is hosting free education sessions on required new billing forms at
its field offices around the state in February. Training will help workers'
compensation system participants comply with mandatory changes regarding
physician billing procedures that effect medical bills submitted on or after
The changes follow the newly updated 1500 Health Insurance Claim Form Version
02/12 (CMS-1500). The amendments also update the requirements for the UB-04, DWC
Form-066, ADA 2006 Dental Claim Form, and CMS-1500 forms.
The "Workers' Compensation Paper Billing Form Changes" education sessions
will provide information regarding:
- Comparison of the old and new requirements for medical billing forms;
- Deadline for using the new form and requirements;
- Medical fee dispute resolution process; and
- Available resources from the Division of Workers' Compensation and Centers
for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The session dates and locations are:
Beaumont: Feb. 5
Lufkin: Feb. 5
Houston: Feb. 6
Tyler: Feb. 12
Waco: Feb. 12
Dallas: Feb. 13
Fort Worth: Feb.
Corpus Christi: Feb. 19
Laredo: Feb. 19
Weslaco: Feb. 19
Falls: Feb. 19
San Antonio: Feb. 20
Austin: Feb. 25
Amarillo: Feb. 26
El Paso: Feb. 26
Lubbock: Feb. 26
San Angelo: Feb. 26
To register online and for more details on the sessions, visit the division's
Events and Training Calendar.
Disguise Yourself at TMAF's 21st Annual Benefit Gala
Join your colleagues and gala cochairs, Joe Todd, MD, and Susan Todd, of
Fort Worth, at the TMA Foundation (TMAF) 21st anniversary gala, A Masqued Ball,
Friday, May 2, at the Omni Fort Worth, held in conjunction with TexMed 2014. You'll enjoy an evening of revelry fit for a
carnival of incognito party goers, with two guest receptions, a silent auction,
special entertainment, and dinner.
Purchase your tickets or table now. VIP tickets (greater recognition and
early entrance) may be purchased for $225, and regular tickets are $175 through
Proceeds benefit TMA health promotion programs, including Be
Wise ─ ImmunizeSM, Hard Hats
for Little Heads, the Ernest and Sarah
Butler Excellence in Science Teaching Awards, Choosing Wisely,
and the Minority Scholarship Program.
Proceeds also help fund TMAF's Healthy Now, Healthy Future initiatives,
including the Champion of Health Award and Medical Community Grants Program,
which unite medicine, business, and community in a shared vision of a healthier
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the TMAF
webpage, email Sean Dunham, or
call (800) 880-1300, ext. 1664, or (512) 370-1664.
Be Wise ─ Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical
Now Accepting Quality Poster Submissions
TMA's second annual Quality Poster
Session will take place at TexMed 2014 in Fort
Worth in May. You will have the chance to share your successes and breakthroughs
in improving patient care with your peers from around the state.
TMA and the TMF Health Quality Institute will host an official
continuing medical education (CME) presentation at TexMed, during which the
poster authors can talk about their creations. The posters will then be on
display for viewing throughout the rest of the day.
The Quality Poster Session is a great opportunity for all physicians to
support their colleagues by taking time to walk through and see what's happening
in the medical community in Texas. Poster session attendees will also earn CME
credit and learn some best practices to develop their own programs.
Have a quality improvement success you want to present? Submit your
abstract today. First-, second-, and third-place winners will receive special
recognition at TexMed and in Texas Medicine magazine. All
selected submissions will receive a modest stipend.
Refer to the Quality Poster Session FAQs or contact
Rebecca Stevens by email or
phone, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1423, or (512) 370-1423, with questions. This will
be a great opportunity for you to not only report on your quality improvement
methods and best practices, but to also gain inspiration from your colleagues'
approaches to providing quality patient care and to identify new quality
improvement techniques to implement in your own practice.
Get AccessMedicine Textbooks from TMA
The TMA Knowledge Center is adding an innovative textbook resource to our
online databases. AccessMedicine from McGraw-Hill Medical provides TMA members
with access to more than 75 medical titles from the best minds in medicine,
updated content, thousands of images and illustrations, interactive
self-assessment, case files, timesaving diagnostic and point-of-care tools, a
comprehensive search platform, and the ability to view from and download content
to a mobile device.
Updated frequently and expanded continuously by world-renowned physicians,
AccessMedicine provides fast, direct access to the information necessary for
completing evaluations, diagnoses, and case management decisions, as well as for
pursuing research, medical education, or self-assessment and board review.
AccessMedicine comprises respected and revered medical titles such as
Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, CURRENT Medical
Diagnosis & Treatment, Tintinalli's Emergency Medicine, and
Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine.
Get Access Medicine through the TMA Knowledge Center members-only books and journals page. If you have problems
logging in, email or call the TMA
Knowledge Center at (800) 880-7955.
TMA PHW Conference Focuses on Cultural Competence
"Cultural Competence: Putting Patients First" will be the theme of the
Physician Health and Wellness (PHW) Training Session and
21st Annual Retreat, Feb. 14-15, at the Inn on Barons Creek in
Presentations during the conference will include Prescription Access in
Texas; Cultural Competence; How to Engage Your Audience in an Effective
Presentation; Beyond PowerPoint: Other Technologies on the Horizon; Copyright
Laws: What Physicians Need to Know; Ethics of Cultural Conflicts in Medicine;
Folk Medicine; Complementary and Alternative Medicines; How to Improve
Communication Skills in Cross-Cultural Populations; and Sexuality, Gender
Variance, and Cultural Competence.
Presented by the TMA Committee on PHW, the conference has been
accredited for a maximum of 10.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, 7.5 of
which are designated as ethics and/or professional responsibility
Those who will benefit from the seminar are physicians of all
specialties; members and potential new members on the regional education teams
of the PHW Committee; members and consultants of state and county medical
society PHW committees; district coordinators; hospital chiefs of staff, medical
staff coordinators, and members of hospital-based peer assistance committees;
and others interested in learning more about the issues.
Review the conference brochure, and register online. To request a brochure or for
additional information, contact Linda Kuhn by telephone at (800) 880-1300, ext.
1342, or (512) 370-1342, or by email.
This Month in Texas Medicine
The January issue of Texas Medicine
reports the results of a RAND survey about what makes physicians
happy and what makes them feel dissatisfied with practicing medicine. It
also tells you how TMA's Physician Services Organization will equip
physicians for the crucial role they will play in new health care models;
explains the key role physicians play in educating patients about vaccines;
discusses how an improved Medicaid provider portal has the potential to improve
care, if done right; examines the impact of AMA's declaration that obesity is a
disease; and explains how TMA is helping physicians incorporate the "Choosing
Wisely" program into their daily practice.
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