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Act Now SGR Repeal Closer Than Ever
The “SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014” (H.R. 4014/S. 2000), was introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Its author is U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, MD (R-Lewisville). It features the handiwork of Rep. Kevin Brady (R-The Woodlands). And it has the support of key congressional leaders from both parties and in both chambers. “We may not get this opportunity again,” said TMA President Stephen L. Brotherton, MD. “Take action now to support permanent SGR repeal.”
Protect Your Practice From Cyber Attacks
Last month, TMA learned a South Texas member physician was the victim of a cyber attack in which a thief hacked into the physician's computer and demanded money in exchange for the key to access the encrypted information. Since then, TMA has been working to publicize steps you should take to safeguard your system from cyber attacks.
TAPA Creates Sample Release Forms for New Mexico Patients
The New Mexico Legislature recently passed House Bill 270, which allows Texas physicians to obtain a signed agreement from New Mexico patients stating should they wish to file a lawsuit they will do so in Texas court. To assist physicians in taking advantage of the law's protections, the Texas Alliance for Patient Access has developed two forms, one for emergency treatment and one for voluntary treatment.
DocbookMD: New Owners, Same Great Member Benefit
On March 1, 2016, Scrypt, Inc., developers of secure and compliant productivity tools for regulated industries, announced that it had completed the acquisition of DocbookMD, adding the HIPAA-secure messaging platform to its suite of document management products.
State Pharmacy Board Proposes Changes to Compounding Rules
The Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) has proposed changes to its rules for sterile compounding in part to stay consistent with proposed new United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) standards, which have caused controversy in the allergist-immunologist community.
Supreme Court Backs TMA in Tobacco Tax Case
The Texas Supreme Court unanimously rejected a challenge to a tax lawmakers enacted in 2013 to recover health care costs from the tobacco companies that were not part of the $10 billion-a-year 1998 lawsuit settlement between the state and the nation's five largest tobacco manufacturers. The settlement funds and the tax both were intended to recover the health care costs associated with smoking. TMA had urged the high court to take the case.
Open Payments Review and Dispute Period Ends May 15
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the beginning of the 45-day Open Payments review and dispute period. After the conclusion of the review and dispute period on May 15, 2016, CMS will publish the 2015 payment data and updates to 2013 and 2014 data on June 30, 2016.
Changes to New State Notifiable Conditions List
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has released the 2016 Texas Notifiable Conditions list, which features some changes, including expanded descriptions of tuberculosis (TB) and TB infection to clarify reporting expectations.
Physicians Foundation Survey Gauges Your Satisfaction
How satisfied you are with the current state of medicine? The Physicians Foundation is surveying you and your 650,000 physician colleagues across the country to determine just that. The survey asks for your thoughts on health reform, electronic health records, new physician payment methods, ICD-10, and a variety of other topics. Take a few minutes to complete the survey.
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