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 TMA Action June 4, 2012

 News and Insights from Texas Medical Association 

 
 
 INSIDE: TMA to Congress: No Sneak Torts

TMA Five-Step Checklist for MACRA Readiness
TMA Convenes Expert Panel to Tackle Zika
How Will Value-Based Modifier Affect Your 2017 Medicare Payments?
MACRAeconomics 101 Coming to Your Home Phone
Running Low? Order Schedule II Prescription Pads Now
Warning: No Balance Billing for Dual Eligibles

CMS Proposes a Break for Docs on Meaningful Use Reporting
Governor Abbott Names TMA Board Member to Chair Texas Health Services Authority
DSHS Issues Advisory for Acute Flaccid Myelitis
Don’t Neglect These Tropical Diseases
This Month in Texas Medicine

 
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TMA Five-Step Checklist for MACRA Readiness

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed a draft rule to implement the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) on Jan. 1, 2017. Although the final rule will not be published until or around Nov. 1, 2016, the Texas Medical Association recommends that you prepare your practice now. 

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TMA Convenes Expert Panel to Tackle Zika

TMA is working to get ahead of this year's highest-profile potential public health threat with the formation of a workgroup to strategize prevention and response to Zika virus disease. 

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How Will Value-Based Modifier Affect Your 2017 Medicare Payments?

MACRA's not here yet, but VBPM still is. Are you ready? As TMA fights to improve the draft rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), you need to remember that the old Medicare quality measurement laws are still in place for now. 

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MACRAeconomics 101 Coming to Your Home Phone

Have you heard all the hubbub about the proposed MACRA rule? Are you confused? Angry? Worried? Totally in the dark? TMA is working hard to change the rule the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has drafted to implement the Medicaid Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015. 

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Running Low? Order Schedule II Prescription Pads Now

Responsibility for the oversight and processing of orders for Schedule II prescription forms in Texas shifts from the Department of Public Safety to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy on Sept. 1, 2016. 

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Warning: No Balance Billing for Dual Eligibles

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reissued guidance recently to remind physicians of the prohibition on balance billing for patients who are covered by both Medicare and Medicaid. 

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CMS Proposes a Break for Docs on Meaningful Use Reporting

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposes easing some of the meaningful use requirements and adjusting the 2016 reporting period from one year to 90 days. 

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Governor Abbott Names TMA Board Member to Chair Texas Health Services Authority

Gov. Greg Abbott has reappointed Austin colon and rectal surgeon David Fleeger, MD, to the Texas Health Services Authority Board of Directors and named him as presiding officer of the board. Dr. Fleeger is a member of the TMA Board of Trustees and president of Central Texas Colon and Rectal Surgeons. 

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DSHS Issues Advisory for Acute Flaccid Myelitis

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is asking Texas clinicians to "maintain heightened suspicion" for children with acute flaccid myelitis. 

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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 

    



Don’t Neglect These Tropical Diseases

The Texas Department of State Health Services invites you to a live webinar on "neglected tropical diseases" in Texas. The webinar will cover ascariasis, Chagas disease, cysticercosis, dengue, echinococcosis, fascioliasis, hookworm, leishmaniasis, paragonimiasis, taeniasis, and trichuriasis. 

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This Month in Texas Medicine

The April issue of Texas Medicine features a cover story on balance billing, a matter TMA is studying in preparation for the 2017 legislative session. TMA research shows narrow networks and other health plan practices -— not physician billing -— are bearing down on patients in the form of unexpected, out-of-network balance bills. In the issue, you’ll also find a Match Day photo essay and information on a United States Pharmacopeia proposal that physicians say will mess with an allergy treatment system that's worked for more than a century; problems physicians are running into with a meaningful use objective that requires public health reporting; and a profile of the Texas Department of State Health Services' new commissioner, John Hellerstedt, MD.

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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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