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Vote Early to Ensure Texas Remains Medicine Friendly

Today is the first day you can go to the polls and do your part to preserve and further medicine's agenda in 2019 and beyond.

TMA-backed Bill Could’ve Curbed Flu Deaths

A bill last year would have strengthened infection-control programs in long-term care facilities, including requiring those facilities to make flu testing available. It died in committee.

How Much Money Are You Leaving on the Table?

The Texas Medical Association’s highly rated practice consulting services have expanded to include hands-on billing and collection services for Texas physicians.

MACRA Resource Center
The Sustainable Growth Rate is gone, so now what's next? Is your practice ready for quality-based payment? Is that even the right direction for you to go? With the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) taking effect and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System on the horizon, making no changes may cost you, but implementing changes (the wrong way) may cost you more. Evaluate what direction your practice should take and then do it right with these tips and tools.

Physician Frustrations: Who will be our future?

We all have stories that we so excitedly told during medical school and residency interviews saying why we should be chosen. Maybe we should think about those stories when a young man or woman approaches us about becoming a physician.

MIPS is Dead, MIPS is Dead; Well, Not Quite
On Jan. 11, 2018 the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission voted 14 to 2 to replace MIPS with the Voluntary Value Program. Who is MedPAC, what could go wrong ... and when is MIPS gone?

What Do You Really Think About MOC?

As Texas Medicine Today reported last week, leaders of the boards that run the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) programs have created a commission – the “Vision Initiative” – to develop “a set of recommendations about the future of continuing board certification.”

TMA Wins MIPS Exemption for Many Harvey-Affected Practices

Many physicians whose practices are located in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey will not be required to participate in the 2017 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and will not face a 4-percent Medicare payment penalty in 2019, officials announced in December.

Five Things to Know As QPP Deadlines Approach

New online portal could help make it easy to report 2017 data before March cut-off dates.

What You Need to Know About the Texas MOC Law

TMA's new white paper answers many questions on a tough new law that protects physicians from being forced to undergo maintenance of certification (MOC).

Picture This: You at One of TMA’s Annual Conferences
More than 500 physicians and medical students came to TMA's Winter Conference for networking, panel discussions, and to help shape the future of Texas medicine.

All of a Sudden, One Month Less for Claims-Based MIPS Reporting

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently moved the MIPS deadline for claims reporting from March 31 to March 1.

Legionella Bacteria: How to Protect Your Patients From Infection

Another infection in the San Antonio area caused by Legionella bacteria is giving physicians renewed reason to keep Legionnaires' disease in mind. And that awareness, an infectious disease expert says, is the best thing physicians can do to diagnose it.

Budget Deal Includes Big Health Care Changes

Federal lawmakers passed a massive budget deal early Friday morning that will have significant impacts on physicians and health care.

A Bump in the Road? Trucker Med Exam Registry Down

The online registry for physicians to become certified medical examiners for interstate commercial drivers — such as bus drivers and truckers — has been down for more than two months, an official with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said. Physicians use that same system to upload the results of the drivers’ medical exams.

Is Cannabis Oil Overhyped in Texas?

Last week, a young child somewhere in Texas became the first person in the state to fill the state's most unusual prescription – a small container of cannabis oil.

You Can Prescribe Mosquito Repellent Again to Help Curb Zika

To help curb the spread of the virus, which is transmitted through mosquito bites, mosquito repellent prescriptions will be covered through Medicaid and other state programs, including the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Healthy Texas Women program.

''It Was a Little Lake in There''

When the staff of a Houston-area children’s urgent care clinic saw security-camera images of brown, murky Hurricane Harvey floodwater submerging their waiting room, they knew it was bad.

18 Privacy Pitfalls. One Easy (and Free) Mobile Solution

If you want to make sure all of your practice’s mobile communications stay complaint with HIPAA regulations, you should check out DocbookMD.

New Tools Available to Submit MIPS Data Successfully

Clinicians eligible for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (commonly known as MIPS) can begin submitting data for the 2017 performance year on Jan. 1, 2018.

Lawmakers, Consultants: Physicians Can Help Shape Medicine-Friendly Legislation in 2018

TMA physicians, students, and Alliance members heard from state lawmakers and political consultants at TMA’s Advocacy Retreat in early December in Austin.

Insurers’ Practices Drive Surprise Bills, TMA Leader Tells Lawmakers

Despite years of legislative work on the issue – including Senate Bill 507 from earlier this year – patients will continue to struggle with surprise bills until lawmakers clean up health insurance companies’ business plans, Houston-area emergency physician Arlo Weltge, MD, told the House Insurance Committee last week.

Telemedicine Benefits to Change for Texas Medicaid in 2018

Just as throwing a stone creates waves throughout a pond, Texas' new law on telemedicine services is causing ripples among the state’s health plans, including Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs).

Be Certain Your Behavior Around Colleagues, Patients Stays Professional

No matter how well you know a patient or how at ease you might feel around a colleague, be careful. With sexual harassment and assault allegations dominating the news lately, it's a good time to make sure you’re always conducting yourself in an unquestionably professional and appropriate manner.

Texas HPV Vaccination Rates Lagging National Rates, Study Shows

Texas is rapidly falling behind the rest of the country in vaccinating young people against human papillomavirus (HPV), according to a report released this week by The University of Texas System Office of Heath Affairs.

AMA House Tackles Scope Challenges, Payment Problems

Fueled by a historically rare consensus on major issues, the American Medical Association House of Delegates took swift action to address many of the difficulties that frustrate physicians these days.

Analysts: Ending ACA Cost-Sharing Payments to Affect Middle Class

The Trump administration made a splash in October by announcing an end to government subsidies that help insurers provide discounts to low-income enrollees in the Affordable Health Care (ACA) marketplace. However, analysts say it won't be low-income people who will feel a financial hit from President Donald Trump's decision on the cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments. Instead, people with higher incomes pick up the tab, analysts said.

Your Video Guide to Texas' New Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

In an effort to address the very real and debilitating crisis caused by the misuse of opioid pain medicines, the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission has recommended a mandate that all prescribers and pharmacists check the state's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program before prescribing any controlled medication.

Generous Contributions Push TMA Relief Program Near $1 Million
Two substantial contributions by national physician organizations gave the Texas Medical Association (TMA) TMA Disaster Relief Program a giant boost today, pushing the total raised to nearly $1 million. The program aims to assist thousands of Texas physician practices damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Harvey recover and reopen to care for patients as quickly as possible.

Three Reasons to Step Away From the Fax Machine

Here are a few reasons to move you and your staff away from the fax machine and onto the DocBookMD app for mobile devices

Congenital Zika Syndrome Found in 15 Texas Pregnancies

Although the number of Texas Zika virus cases has been significantly lower in 2017 than in 2016, state health officials continue to monitor the spread of the virus and Zika infections during pregnancies.

TMA, Other States to Congress: Lift Bans on Physician-Owned Hospitals

The Affordable Care Act’s moratorium on physician-owned hospital growth has limited patients’ access to high-quality health care and unnecessarily increased costs for the Medicare program and its patients, a coalition of state medical associations told federal lawmakers last month.

Are You Exempt From MIPS in 2018?

There’s possibly more to be thankful for this November: You just might be exempt from MIPS next year under the newly released final rule for the 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP).

Financial Assistance Available to Rebuild Practices Damaged by Harvey

Thanks to the generosity of physicians and organizations throughout Texas and the United States, physicians who are rebuilding their medical practice in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey can apply for financial assistance through TMA’s Disaster Relief Program.

AMA Called On to Address Scope-of-Practice Threat

The American Medical Association should initiate a national strategy to address the Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) Compact, which would allow APRNs to "assume responsibility and accountability for patient care" without physician involvement, according to a resolution to go before the AMA House of Delegates this month.

Medicine’s Big Winners as Legislature Wraps Up Regular Session
The 2017 regular session of the Texas Legislature gaveled to a close May 29. For medicine, the session was a mosaic of many richly colored tiles with some dark spots and quite a few shades of grey. The artists were shifting alliances and divisions of senators and representatives, Democrats and Republicans, and various factions of the GOP.

TMA Helps Nine More Practices Affected by Harvey

TMA’s Disaster Relief Fund has awarded another $83,000 to nine additional practices damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

CDC Updates Guidance on Zika in Newborns

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last month updated its guidance for infants whose mothers might have been exposed to Zika virus during pregnancy.

Are Your Technology Contracts Favorable?

The Coker Group, the newest company to join TMA's prestigious list of group discount program vendors, is offering TMA members free technology contract reviews.

How Do You Use the 1500 Claim Form?

The National Uniform Claim Committee is conducting a survey on how the 1500 Health Insurance Claim Form is being used, specifically as both a digital form and a print image.

You Want TMA to Do What? We’ve Made It Easier to Be Heard

TMA maintains a robust system of grassroots policymaking, from county medical society resolutions to TMA council and committee activities to the 500-voting-member TMA House of Delegates. Resolutions can be submitted to the TMA house every spring, but wouldn't it be great if there were a central hub where you could submit your ideas on an issue anytime, year-round? TMA has created just such a portal on its website.

Delegating and Supervising Prescribing Privileges for APRNs/PAs
New state law governing the delegation and supervision of prescribing privileges for advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants went into effect Nov. 1.  MembersOnlyRed

UnitedHealthcare Reverses Plan to Stop Paying For Consultation Codes
When UnitedHealthcare announced in June that it will no longer pay for consultation codes, TMA joined more than 35 other medical and specialty societies to push back. The change will be effect Oct. 1, UnitedHealthcare says.

Relief Program Launched to Reopen Hurricane-Devastated Medical Practices

When staff of a Houston-area children’s urgent care clinic saw security-camera images of brown, murky Hurricane Harvey floodwater submerging the waiting room, they knew it was bad. Quickly, the physicians and other clinic workers jumped into action. Soon they also consulted the Texas Medical Association (TMA) for help, and learned about the TMA Disaster Relief Program.

Harvey Death Toll Rises to 82; More Counties Added to Disaster Proclamation

Three weeks after Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas coast, state officials believe at least 82 people have died as a result of the storm.

Medicaid HMOs Must Allow Harvey Victims to Receive Care Out-of-Network

Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) must allow patients who have been displaced by Hurricane Harvey to receive out-of-network care for nonemergency services, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).

Houston Stadium Becomes Makeshift Hospital During Harvey Recovery

Hurricane Harvey has been a disaster for the Houston area by any definition, but the medical response at major shelters has been anything but.

Harvey Update: What Physicians in Affected Areas Need to Know

Areas in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey have entered full recovery phase as the storm, now a tropical depression, has moved out of the state.

“Ongoing catastrophic and life-threatening flooding will continue across southeastern Texas,” the National Hurricane Center said. “While the threat of heavy rains has ended in the Houston/Galveston area, catastrophic and life-threatening flooding will continue in and around Houston, Beaumont/Port Arthur, and eastward into southwest Louisiana for the rest of the week. Isolated storm totals have reached 50 inches over the upper Texas coast, including the Houston/Galveston metropolitan area.”

You've Mastered the Art of Medicine. Next Up? Help With Business

Have you heard the adage that healing is an art, medicine a profession, and health care a business? Now, you and I have no doubt that you've mastered the healing and the medicine, but how are your business skills? TMA's Business Skills Benefits can help you address any operational challenges you might face — whether you're just starting your own practice or you're a seasoned pro.

Set Your Office Up With Supplies Using TMA Group Vendor Office Depot

You've got an office, and it needs supplies. Here's some good news: You can save plenty of money on everything your office needs thanks to TMA's group vendor Office Depot.

The “Hidden Crisis” of Coverage Denials

When insurance companies say "no" – whether through prior authorization requirements, step-therapy programs, or nonmedical switching policies – covered patients find … well … they don’t have the coverage they need. A new survey finds this "hidden health care crisis" hits tens of millions of Americans.

Expanded HIV Testing Recommended as Clusters Grow

In case you missed this health advisory from the Texas Department of State Health Services, genetically similar types of HIV have been identified in 16 geographic clusters, largely centered in Houston, San Antonio, and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. However, many of these clusters include one or more people who live in other parts of the state, and cases are spread across more than 25 counties.

More Rio Grande Counties Added to Zika Testing List

The Texas Department of State Health Services added three more counties (Kinney, Maverick, and Val Verde) to the places in Texas where it recommends routine Zika virus testing for pregnant women.

TMA Backs Physician in Breach-of-Contract Lawsuit

TMA is supporting a physician who wants the Texas Supreme Court to take another look at a breach-of-contract lawsuit in which he claims he was fired without due process.

Health and Human Services Commission Announces Further Changes

More changes are afoot at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. The state agency that oversees state health and human services activities announced last month that it will consolidate several programs while adding four members to its leadership team. TMA staff is assessing how the changes might affect the provision of quality Medicaid, mental health, and public health services in the state.

Texas Physicians to Play Integral Role in Harvey Recovery

Although the rains have stopped, the public health concerns associated with Hurricane Harvey will continue. The knowledge and expertise of Texas physicians will be called upon as hundreds of thousands of people begin to move back into affected areas and rebuild their lives.

Fighting Flu Starts With You

If you need help setting up a flu shot clinic, turn to the TMA Be Wise — Immunize program, particularly in October.

Hardship Exception Applications for ACI Participation Available Now

If you are eligible for the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, and certain hardships are preventing you from meeting the requirements of the Advancing Care Information (ACI) performance category, you might be eligible for a 2017 hardship exception.

Congressional Initiative Seeks to Reduce Medicare Red Tape

The Medicare Red Tape Relief Project, which was announced last month by leaders of the U.S. House of Representative's Ways and Means Committee, seeks to "deliver relief from the regulations and mandates that impede innovation, drive up costs, and ultimately stand in the way of delivering better care for Medicare beneficiaries," according to a press release.

Comment Period Open for Proposed Medicare Rules Changes

The comment period is open for two proposed changes to Medicare programs: an update to the Quality Payment Program and revisions to payment policies under the proposed fee schedule.

Texas Strikes Back at JAMA MOC Law Slap

Just because Texas has a new law to protect physicians against mandatory maintenance of certification (MOC) tyranny doesn't mean the battle is over. This is a nationwide contest now between the specialty certifying boards and the physicians they certify. In the newly enacted Texas law, the boards see a trend they don’t like — and that they want to stop.

TMA, Others Weigh in on End-of-Life Care Lawsuit

TMA has signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief opposing a constitutional challenge to part of the Texas Advance Directives Act. That law protects physicians from liability for not performing life-sustaining interventions if the doctor believes further intervention isn't medically appropriate for the patient.

Medical Board Avoids Sunset During Special Session

Gov. Greg Abbott signed bills extending the life of the Texas Medical Board and the Medical Practice Act on Aug. 11, just hours after they reached his desk. Both would have vanished Sept. 1 without legislative action. TMA thanked the governor and lawmakers for "standing up for medicine and patient care."

Are You Receiving MIPS Credit for Your Quality Data on Claims?

TMA recently received a call from a physician who was not receiving credit for the quality-data codes (QDCs) that her electronic health record (EHR) vendor was submitting through claims. She had been reporting QDCs via claims for her quality measures for months, but her EHR vendor had not been adding the 1-cent line-item charge that ensures the QDC line isn't dropped when the claim is processed. 

Get Hip to HIPAA Rules With Training From HHS, TMA

Because practices of all types and sizes must comply with them, the rules are flexible and scalable. But that means there isn’t a single standardized program that can properly train employees of all entities.Well, let me steer you to the U.S. Health and Human Services Department’s free CME training on HIPPA.

TMF Can Help You Navigate MIPS Improvement Activities

If you are eligible for the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), a new reporting category can improve your chance of avoiding a payment penalty in 2019. Improvement Activities is one of four performance categories within MIPS, a payment path under the new Quality Payment Program that was created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.

Cigna Changes Opioid Coverage Policy; Announcement Raises Questions

Cigna has changed its formulary and processes for short- and long-acting opioids to focus primarily on new prescriptions.

Zika Update: Testing Finds Texas Case; CDC Guidance Updated

Remember back in April when the Texas Department of State Health Services recommended expanding testing of pregnant women and people with Zika symptoms in six South Texas counties? Those tests helped health officials determine that a Hidalgo County resident, whose identity officials have not released, who previously had a Zika infection was most likely infected in Texas.

Get the Info You Need on Zika Risk in Pregnant Women
The Texas Department of State Health Services is holding its summer 2017 Grand Rounds this month, and the topic is "Zika Testing and Clinical Management in Maternal and Infant Populations."

New Law Shapes the Future of Telemedicine in Texas
Texas physicians and telehealth providers are now playing by the same rules to treat patients by phone, computer, and other new technologies — the same as when physicians see patients face-to-face in a traditional doctor’s office visit. Senate Bill 1107, passed this session by the Texas Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott in late May, clarifies the framework to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients remotely via telecommunication technology.

Houston Hospital Denies Physicians Voted to Remove MOC

Physicians at Houston’s Memorial Hermann Hospital Southeast have sent a clear and unified message on Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements: Not at our hospital. During a General Medical staff meeting June 27, attending physicians voted unanimously to recommend that MOC requirements be removed systemwide. Memorial Hermann Health System bylaws require that any changes be approved by the active medical staff at all 16 of its hospitals.

EHR Company Settles Federal False Claims Suit – How Will It Affect You?

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that eClinicalWorks will pay the federal government $155 million to settle a federal False Claims Act lawsuit. The suit alleged that eClinicalWorks fraudulently obtained certification for its electronic health record system and provided kickbacks to customers who promoted their product.

You Have MACRA Questions? TMA Has Answers

We knew you’ve been looking high and low for a comprehensive set of educational tools to help you figure out the MACRA Quality Payment Program (QPP) payment rules for the new pathways: Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and alternative payment models. So when the Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI), in collaboration with health care consulting firm Healthsperian, asked us to work closely with them and other state medical associations to create a free MACRA QPP education initiative, we jumped at the chance. (TMA is a charter member of the PAI.)

Get Tech Help Online From TMA

Thankfully, the Texas Medical Association works diligently to give you the tools tackle technology challenges. Need help selecting an electronic health record (EHR) or understanding the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) program? I know I do. Can’t figure out the EHR incentive program? Need information on e-prescribing? TMA has you covered.

Medicine Is Also a Business, TMA Can Help You Learn It

We know you’re becoming an excellent physician. (We’re not just saying that because we might need you to care for us one day.) But are you ready to tackle the business side of medical practice? If you’re like most resident physicians, you probably haven’t had much time to think about that.

Texas Physicians Helping Draft Maternal Patient Care Rules

Physicians from several state pediatric, maternal and general medical societies sounded off recently on draft proposed rules regarding the levels of care hospitals must provide maternity patients. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Perinatal Advisory Council (PAC) sought the input, which will be reviewed and incorporated, as appropriate, before being opened to formal public comment.

Citing Telemedicine Law, FTC Drops TMB Antitrust Probe

Following the passage of TMA-supported legislation governing telemedicine in Texas, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has closed an investigation into whether the Texas Medical Board (TMB) violated antitrust law, FTC said in a release.

TMA, THA Leaders Push Senator Cornyn on Proposed Medicaid Changes

Leaders of the Texas Medical Association and the Texas Hospital Association met with U.S. Sen. John Cornyn on July 3 to work out a better solution for the Medicaid provisions in the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), the Senate’s bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Feds Give Texas Millions to Fight Opioid Addiction
Texas is set to receive an injection of federal dollars as part of a nationwide effort to fight opioid addiction.

TMA Joins Large Coalition Backing Physician-Owned Hospitals
It looks like a controversial moratorium on expanding and building physician-owned hospitals – AKA POHs – could be repealed. That’s the good news. The better news is that a bill moving its way through Congress to put that repeal in motion has the support of more than 50 medical organizations, including the Texas Medical Association. We’re also talking about the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Medical Association, and multiple state medical societies.

Focus on Member Services: HR Help
Now here’s something you might not know: More than 80 percent of medical clinics fall victim to employee theft — that’s employees stealing stuff from your practice, not somebody stealing your employees.

Supervise an APRN or PA? What You Need to Know
Delegating duties to an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), physician assistant (PA), or other nonphysician can be an excellent way to enhance your practice and improve your patients' access to quality medical care. But, a newly updated TMA white paper cautions, you have to do it right. Your license to practice may be at risk.

Get the Tools You Need to Treat Postpartum Depression
Texas clinicians now have a comprehensive online resource for screening, diagnosing, and treating postpartum depression.

Training to Focus on Opioid Prescribing Guidelines
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched an online training series to help clinicians apply its opioid prescribing guidelines for adults with chronic pain.

New White Paper Helps You Stay HIPAA Secure
TMA and DocbookMD are offering a new, free white paper to help answer your HIPAA questions about the proper use of mobile technology in health care.

Texas Wins Tort Border Battle

The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of a Lubbock physician entangled in a question of whether Texas or New Mexico law should apply in a liability case involving care that was provided in Texas but for a New Mexico patient.

Famed Texas Pathologist's Records Released

Fort Worth pathologist May Owen, MD, blazed many a trail during her long career in medicine. Now, digital versions of the papers and records that document her path are available in the Portal to Texas History.

TMA and Health Plans Tackle Medicaid Credentialing Hassle

TMA and the Texas Association of Health Plans announced a joint effort to reduce red tape and administrative burdens for physicians and providers who participate, or want to participate, in the Texas Medicaid program. The two organizations selected Aperture, LLC, for a statewide credentialing verification organization contract to be used by all 20 Medicaid health plans in Texas to streamline the credentialing process.

Houston Heart Surgeon Wins Millions in Defamation Claim

A Harris County jury has awarded $6.4 million in damages to a Houston cardiothoracic surgeon whom TMA supported in his years-long battle with Memorial Hermann Health System over a defamation claim.

Victory: Anthem-Cigna Merger Blocked by Court
In a significant win for organized medicine and the nation's patients, federal judge Amy Berman Jackson blocked the proposed Anthem-Cigna merger. She found that the merger would have substantially lessened competition for the sale of health insurance to national employers, resulting in higher prices and diminished prospects for innovation. Anthem Inc. planned to take over Cigna for $50 billion. American Medical Association findings show the Anthem-Cigna merger would enhance market power in 85 metropolitan areas within 13 states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, and Virginia.

Federal Court Order Blocks Aetna-Humana Merger
U.S. District Judge John Bates sent a clear message last month when he issued an order imposing an injunction on Aetna's $37 billion acquisition of Humana, which focused largely on buying up Humana's Medicare Advantage business. The judge found the merger would "be likely to substantially lessen competition" in the Medicaid Advantage market. Indeed, it would have a significant impact across Texas — and 13 other states — likely enhancing Aetna's market power to concerning levels per the federal government's own standards, according to a comprehensive American Medical Association analysis.

HIT Tools and Resources at Your Fingertips
TMA works diligently to give you the tools you need to tackle the challenges of technology. Whether you need help selecting an electronic health record (EHR) or understanding the EHR incentive program or information on e-prescribing, TMA has the resources. You can find links to all of these tools on the Technology page of the TMA website.

Updated TMA White Paper Delves Into Corporate Practice of Medicine Doctrine

"The Corporate Practice of Medicine," TMA's latest white paper, focuses on the development of the corporate practice of medicine prohibition, current applications and prohibitions, potential exceptions to the law, key considerations in relevant corporate practice of medicine court cases, and penalties for violations of the corporate practice of medicine doctrine.


Half of All U.S. Physicians Say They Are Burned Out
U.S. physicians love their patients and hate paperwork. Unfortunately, a newly released survey by The Physicians Foundation finds that the paperwork is winning. Fifty-four percent of physicians surveyed say their morale is somewhat or very negative, and 49 percent say they either often or always feel burned out.

TMA Survey Documents the State of EHRs in Texas
TMA's biennial Physician Survey identifies emerging issues, tracks the impact of practice and economic changes, assesses physician priorities, and develops data to support TMA advocacy efforts. TMA has distilled the preliminary findings of one part of that survey into a two-page infographic that highlights Texas physicians' perceptions of the pros and cons of electronic health records (EHRs).

Find It, Fix It, Keep It: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Affordable Care Act: Find What’s Missing. Keep What Works. Fix What’s Broken.























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March 23, 2010