TMA Action June 4, 2012

 News and Insights from Texas Medical Association 

 
 
 INSIDE: TMA to Congress: No Sneak Torts

TMA Urges TMB to Withdraw Disciplinary Hearing Rules
Texas Reports First Zika-Related Death
PAT Transitions to Pharmacy Board; Expect Delays
Register for TMA Fall Conference: MACRA, Zika, What's Next?
TMA Committee Weighs in on Women's Health Proposals
STAR Kids Takes Effect Nov. 1; Training Available

Day of Solidarity to Prevent Med Student, Physician Suicides
Test Patients With Cyclospora Symptoms; Report Confirmed Cases
Focus on Member Services: Avoiding Risk
TMA Honors Best Health Reporting of 2016
Protect Your Online Reputation
This Month in Texas Medicine

 
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TMA Urges TMB to Withdraw Disciplinary Hearing Rules

TMA is not impressed with the Texas Medical Board's (TMB's) proposed new rules concerning informal show compliance proceedings and informal settlement conferences (ISCs). TMA tells TMB in a letter the association wants an overhaul of the ISC process to make it more fair and transparent. TMA's letter expresses strong opposition to the proposed rule and states "instead of allowing the process to become fairer and more transparent, the proposed rule makes ISCs more like a formal administrative hearing without the guaranteed accompanying protections." 

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Texas Reports First Zika-Related Death

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) confirmed an infant who recently died in Harris County had microcephaly linked to the Zika virus. The baby died shortly after birth and is the first Zika-related death reported in Texas, according to DSHS. 

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PAT Transitions to Pharmacy Board; Expect Delays

Effective Sept. 1, you will no longer be able to log in to the Prescription Access in Texas (PAT) website  with your login information. That's because the Texas Prescription Monitoring Program will transfer from the Texas Department of Public Safety to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) and will transition to a new type of software. TSBP advises there will be a delay in prescription history of up to two weeks during the transition. 

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Register for TMA Fall Conference: MACRA, Zika, What's Next?

It’s not too late to register for the 2016 TMA Fall Conference at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa, Sept. 23–24. This free member benefit offers you the opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and learn more about new developments like the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), telemedicine, and the Zika virus.

 
 

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TMA Committee Weighs in on Women's Health Proposals

TMA's Committee on Reproductive, Women's, and Perinatal Health has submitted two comment letters to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) concerning DSHS’ plans for some women’s health services.

 
 

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STAR Kids Takes Effect Nov. 1; Training Available

If you participate in Medicaid, don't forget about the implementation of the STAR Kids managed care program on Nov. 1. The legislature directed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to develop the managed care program specifically designed for children aged 20 and younger who have disabilities.

 

 

 

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Day of Solidarity to Prevent Med Student, Physician Suicides

The United States loses an estimated 400 physicians to suicide every year. On Aug. 20, medical professionals will stand together in solidarity to say "no more."

 
 

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Test Patients With Cyclospora Symptoms; Report Confirmed Cases

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) encourages health care professionals to test for Cyclospora in patients who have diarrheal illness lasting more than a few days or diarrhea accompanied by severe anorexia or fatigue.

 
 

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Focus on Member Services: Avoiding Risk

Managing a medical practice comes with inherent risks, and physicians can face serious consequences for violating privacy, fraud, or abuse statutes. That's why physician members turn to TMA for help in establishing effective compliance programs, understanding the latest regulations, and navigating advancements in health IT.

 
 

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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 

    



TMA Honors Best Health Reporting of 2016

Chagas disease, concussions, mental health: Texas journalists expertly covered these and other topics to take top honors in the TMA 2016 Anson Jones, MD, Awards. TMA physicians presented the awards to journalists in newsroom ceremonies or at local county medical society meetings this spring.

 
 

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Protect Your Online Reputation

Google yourself. You might be surprised to see what comes up. Open a web browser, and type your name in the search box. Do you like what you see? Does it make your blood boil? Is there anything there? If your name is not that unique, do the results actually refer to you?

 
 

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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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 This Just In ...

 Want the latest, hottest news from TMA in a hurry? Then log on to  Blogged Arteries . You can hear the latest Podcast TMA and read the most recent news from Action and Texas Medicine.  


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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