TMA Action June 4, 2012

 News and Insights from Texas Medical Association 

 
 
 INSIDE: TMA to Congress: No Sneak Torts

Sunset Review of TMB Fails to Address Disciplinary Process Improvements
TDI Proposes HMO Rule Rewrite
PQRS: CMS Extends Informal Review Deadline to Dec. 7
Year-End Checklist for Meaningful Use
Pay It Forward and Be an MD Mentor
Webinar Gives Overview of MACRA 2017; Register Now

Texas Announces Local Zika Virus Case in Rio Grande Valley
Navigate Health Care’s Rocky Future as a TMA Accountable Care Leader
Don't Miss First Tuesdays at the Capitol in 2017
2017 TMA Winter Conference: Physician Leaders Unite
'Tis the Season to Share Advancements in Medicine
This Month in Texas Medicine

 
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Sunset Review of TMB Fails to Address Disciplinary Process Improvements

In comments to the Sunset Advisory Commission on its 2016–17 review of the Texas Medical Board (TMB), TMA says one important matter is disappointingly absent from the agency's thorough and detailed report: improving TMB's disciplinary process. While TMA generally supports the sunset staff's report, the association says more could be done to ensure effective operations at the medical board. 

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TDI Proposes HMO Rule Rewrite

Whenever a state agency undertakes a wholesale overhaul of a set of regulations important to physicians and patients, TMA examines the proposal extremely carefully. That's why a TMA staff team spent weeks studying the Texas Department of Insurance's (TDI's) Oct. 7 proposed repeal and rewrite of the entire regulatory chapter on HMOs. 

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PQRS: CMS Extends Informal Review Deadline to Dec. 7

If you submitted data to Medicare's Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) for the 2015 program year, make sure you 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. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services extended the deadline to appeal errors in your report to 10:59 pm CT, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. The original deadline was Nov. 30. 

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Year-End Checklist for Meaningful Use

The Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record incentive programs' 90-day reporting period for 2016 ends on Dec. 31. Now is a good time to review your meaningful use data and the program requirements to make sure you're on track. 

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Pay It Forward and Be an MD Mentor

You probably remember what first motivated you to become a doctor: a family legacy, an aptitude for biology, or the desire to help those in need. But do you remember who had the biggest influence on how you practice medicine? Chances are it was a physician mentor. 

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Webinar Gives Overview of MACRA 2017; Register Now

Register for the TMF Quality Innovation Network webinar, to be held Thursday, Dec. 8 from noon–1 pm CT. 

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Texas Announces Local Zika Virus Case in Rio Grande Valley

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and Cameron County Department of Health and Human Services announced the first case of Zika virus disease likely transmitted by a mosquito in Texas. DSHS is supporting Cameron County's response to the case and to the ongoing risk of Zika in the community. 

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Navigate Health Care’s Rocky Future as a TMA Accountable Care Leader

Accountable care made big strides this year, and TMA has set the stage for members to get ahead of the curve while demystifying the paradigm shift. Applications are now open for TMA's 2017 Accountable Care Leadership Program. Participants will earn more than 95 hours of continuing medical education. 

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Don't Miss First Tuesdays at the Capitol in 2017

Your patients and your profession need you to be a lobbyist for a day. Mark your calendar now to join the Party of Medicine in Austin for First Tuesdays at the Capitol during the 85th Texas Legislature on Feb. 7, March 7, April 4, and/or May 2, 2017. The March 7 event is designated the official TMA Alliance First Tuesday, and the April 4 event is dedicated to medical students and residents. Registration is now open. 

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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 

    



2017 TMA Winter Conference: Physician Leaders Unite

Reconnect with colleagues while earning continuing medical education credit at the 2017 TMA Winter Conference at the Hyatt Regency Austin downtown, Jan. 27–28. Whether facing local or national health care challenges, physicians unite under the TMA umbrella to improve the health of all Texans. Join the conversation and your colleagues for collaboration and education. 

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'Tis the Season to Share Advancements in Medicine

Have you or your colleagues implemented a recent clinical success or compiled innovative research that could improve the practice of medicine in Texas? The TexMed 2017 Poster Session is the perfect stage to share your insights and analysis with a large audience of Texas doctors while getting the kudos your work deserves. 

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This Month in Texas Medicine

The November issue of Texas Medicine features a cover story on Texas' exit from the federally funded refugee resettlement program, which assists refugees with relocating to the United States by helping them find jobs, learn English, and get basic health and social services. In the issue, you'll also find coverage of federal language access requirements for patients with limited English proficiency, the movement to eliminate the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam Step 2 Clinical Skills test, and Texas' rising maternal mortality rate..

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Also, you can subscribe to RSS feeds for TMA Practice E-Tips, TMA news releases, Blogged Arteries, and Texas Medicine.

 

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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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