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 TMA Action June 4, 2012

 News and Insights from Texas Medical Association 

 
 
 INSIDE: TMA to Congress: No Sneak Torts

Medicine's Priorities Advancing as Legislature Enters Home Stretch
State Calls for More Zika Testing in South Texas
State Again Offers Mosquito Repellent to Fight Zika
Get Free, One-on-One Practice Advice at TexMed 2017
Mitigate and Minimize EHR-Related Safety Hazards
What Makes a Good Practice Website?
A Bad West Nile Season Coming to North Texas?

Texas Franchise Tax Returns Due May 15
Feds Delay Office-Based Lab Financial Reporting
Focus on Member Services: Getting Paid
Physicians, Public Put on Alert as Texas Mumps Cases Reach 20-Year High
Quality Improvement: Practice Awards and Free Webinars
Medicaid Coverage for RSV Treatment Has Ended for This Season
Summit Tackles Innovative Primary Care Models
This Month in Texas Medicine

 
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Medicine's Priorities Advancing as Legislature Enters Home Stretch

Less than a month-and-a-half remains until the Texas Legislature adjourns, and recent weeks provided encouragement for many of medicine's foremost interests in the 2017 session.

 

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State Calls for More Zika Testing in South Texas

The Texas Department of State Health Services has expanded its Zika Testing Criteria for residents of the Lower Rio Grande Valley in an effort to quickly identify and respond to new infections of the mosquito-borne virus. 

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State Again Offers Mosquito Repellent to Fight Zika

Beginning around May 1, Texas Medicaid and CHIP once again will make mosquito repellent a covered benefit for certain patients to help combat the Zika virus. 

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Get Free, One-on-One Practice Advice at TexMed 2017

TMA's Practice Consulting experts will be on hand next month at TexMed 2017 to provide free, 15-minute Quick Consults on a variety of practice topics. Bring your questions on such operational issues as health information technology, payment advocacy, human resources, or general practice management. 

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Mitigate and Minimize EHR-Related Safety Hazards

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology recently released updated SAFER Guides to help health care organizations assess and optimize the safe use of electronic health records (EHRs). 

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What Makes a Good Practice Website?

TMA has dozens of resources available to help you answer this question. These include TMA-endorsed vendor Officite, which provides practice websites and online marketing services to TMA physician members at exclusively discounted rates. TMA members can save up to 37 percent on these services. 

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A Bad West Nile Season Coming to North Texas?

The Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services has detected the year's first West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes in the county and warns that could be a bad sign. 

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Texas Franchise Tax Returns Due May 15

Texas physician practices that are organized as LLPs, LLCs, PAs, or in any other corporate form are subject to the Texas franchise tax. Tax returns (or extension requests) are due May 15. 

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Feds Delay Office-Based Lab Financial Reporting

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has pushed back to May 30 the deadline for physician office-based laboratories to meet new financial reporting requirements. 

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Focus on Member Services: Getting Paid

TMA's Hassle Factor Log recouped more than $1.8 million in unpaid insurance claims for physician members last year. If you have unresolved payment issues, know that your TMA membership gives you access to help to get you paid. 

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Physicians, Public Put on Alert as Texas Mumps Cases Reach 20-Year High

State health officials are advising physicians and providers to stay on alert for mumps as statewide cases of the highly contagious disease reach a 20-year high. 

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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 

    



Quality Improvement: Practice Awards and Free Webinars

TMA, the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association (TOMA), and the TMF Health Quality Institute are collaborating again to provide the Physician Practice Quality Improvement Award program. The award formally recognizes physician practices for their dedication and commitment to providing high-quality patient care and improving outcomes. 

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Medicaid Coverage for RSV Treatment Has Ended for This Season

Friday, April 14, marked the end of the 2016-17 respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) season for all counties in Texas, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) announced. HHSC issued no extensions for any parts of the state this season based on recommendations from the Texas Pediatric Society RSV Task Force. 

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Summit Tackles Innovative Primary Care Models

Where is primary care going and are you going there with it? Those are the two basic questions the fifth annual Texas Primary Care and Health Home Summit will answer May 11-12 at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel in San Antonio. 

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This Month in Texas Medicine

The April issue of Texas Medicine features a cover story on potential Medicaid reforms. Questions abound as to what capped Medicaid funding would look like and what effect it would have on the current Medicaid-eligible population, covered services, and physician payments. The April issue also includes coverage of TMA's HPV Work Group and its plans to improve HPV vaccine rates, the latest rule change on resident duty hours, and problems encountered when physicians change electronic health record vendors. A Journal article examines the relationship of mental health to alcohol and substance use among Texas college students.

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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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