TMA Action June 4, 2012

 News and Insights from Texas Medical Association 

 
 
 INSIDE: TMA to Congress: No Sneak Torts

CMS Releases PQRS Feedback Reports, QRURs
TMA's Medicaid Recommendations Can Improve Care, Reduce Costs
TMA Survey Documents the State of EHRs in Texas
Meaningful Use Deadlines Approaching

Focus on Member Services: Future-Proofing Your Practice
I.C. System Helps You Collect More Patient Payments
DSHS Grand Rounds Event Focuses on Down Syndrome Law
This Month in Texas Medicine
Boost Community Immunity With a Be Wise — Immunize Grant

 
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CMS Releases PQRS Feedback Reports, QRURs

If you submitted data to Medicare's Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) for the 2015 program year, now is the time to review your quality reports. The reports include information about your quality and cost performance and whether you'll get hit with penalties or receive bonus payments. Access and review your reports now, as the deadline to appeal any errors is Nov. 30, 2016.

 

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TMA's Medicaid Recommendations Can Improve Care, Reduce Costs

As state lawmakers begin preparing for the 2017 legislative session, TMA and four state specialty societies delivered a detailed, five-page document with significant recommendations to improve the Texas Medicaid program. 

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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). 

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Meaningful Use Deadlines Approaching

If this is your first year to participate in the Medicare meaningful use program and you are trying to avoid the 2017 and 2018 penalties, you must successfully attest to meaningful use no later than Oct. 1, 2016. You can, however, attest by Feb. 28, 2017, to avoid the 2018 penalty. Returning Medicare program participants must successfully attest to meaningful use by Feb. 28, 2017, to avoid the 2018 penalty.

 
 

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Focus on Member Services: Future-Proofing Your Practice

As medical practices collect and store more information electronically, physicians will encounter more frequent technology breaches. The cost of a breach can be huge: an average of $402 per compromised record, plus fines. TMA makes robust security for your practice easy through education and services designed to manage the worst technology risks. 

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I.C. System Helps You Collect More Patient Payments

Patient debt collection can severely hamper a practice's productivity and diminish your bottom line. Recent studies show that only 21 percent of patient balances not collected up front, at the time of service, are ever collected. When staff spends valuable time on collections, practices stand to lose even more. In fact, practices would have to cut costs by roughly 31 percent to make up for lost patient revenue. 

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What Can Practice Production Numbers Tell You?

 Consider these factors if your production isn't consistent.

 A practice management tip from
 TMA Practice Consulting 

    



DSHS Grand Rounds Event Focuses on Down Syndrome Law

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is hosting a free Grand Rounds presentation, Down Syndrome Today: New Information and New Obligations for Clinicians, on Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 11–12:30 pm in the K-100 Lecture Hall in Austin (see Central Campus-Austin map) and via live webinar.

 
 

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This Month in Texas Medicine

The April issue of Texas Medicine features a cover story on Zika virus and TMA's advocacy to urge lawmakers in Washington, D.C., to agree on a funding package to combat the spread of the disease. In the issue, you'll also find a profile of Stuart D. Flynn, MD, the inaugural dean of the new Fort Worth allopathic medical school. The August issue highlights information on TMA and AMA's call for a federal patient safety center that would collect reported data on electronic health record-related adverse events; graduate medical education expansion grant awards; TMA's fight to keep sleep apnea diagnosis and screening within the scope of practice for physicians; and steps physicians can take to prevent cyber attacks..

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Boost Community Immunity With a Be Wise — Immunize Grant

Do you want to help improve the health of your community by hosting a shot clinic? Apply for a grant from TMA's Be Wise — ImmunizeSM  program by Nov. 1 to support your local vaccination event. The grants of up to $2,500 are available to TMA-member physician practices/clinics, county medical societies, TMA Alliance chapters, and medical student chapters. 

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TMA Education Center

The TMA Education Center offers convenient, one-stop access to the continuing medical education Texas physicians need. TMA's practice management, cancer, and physician health courses are now easier than ever to find online. The seminars listed below are among the CME opportunities found in the TMA Education Center.

 Practice Management, Ext. 1421

Recorded Web Seminars

Avoiding RAC Audits 
 Avoiding the Courthouse: 10 Practice Pitfalls 

Communication Skills: Why Bother? 
 HIPAA and the HITECH Act        
 10 Ways to Turn Satisfied Patients Into Loyal Patients 
 Write, Click, or Paste ... The Changing World of Documentation  


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