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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.”
Apply for Meaningful Use Hardship Exception by March 15
It's no secret TMA has been less than thrilled with the meaningful use electronic health record incentive program. For starters, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) did not publish the modification rule for Stage 2 meaningful use until Oct. 16, 2015. As a result, eligible professionals weren't informed of the revised program requirements until fewer than the 90 required days to attest remained in the calendar year. That left them at risk for a penalty. CMS vowed to grant hardship exemptions for 2015 for those eligible physicians who were unable to attest due to the lateness of the rule. In December, Congress adopted S 2425, known as the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act, which allows one exception form for individual physicians and groups so they can list all physicians and other health professionals who are claiming the same exemption category.
Medicaid Reenrollment Deadline Pushed to Sept. 25
Physicians have an extra six months to reenroll in Medicaid, thanks to lobbying from TMA and organized medicine. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has extended the deadline for most physicians to reenroll in Medicaid to Sept. 25. The initial deadline for reenrollment, driven by a provision in the Affordable Care Act, was March 24. Texas Medicaid officials say they "encourage all providers who have not yet submitted a reenrollment application to begin this process immediately to avoid potential payment disruptions." TMA also has been urging Texas physicians to get ahead of the complex process.
CDC Issues Zika Virus Health Advisory
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a Zika virus health advisory with information and recommendations for recognizing, managing, and reporting infections in travelers returning from Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and Mexico. The advisory also provides travel guidance for pregnant women and women who are trying to become pregnant. Last month, public health officials announced the confirmed diagnosis of the mosquito-borne disease in a Houston woman who traveled in November to El Salvador.
Apply Now for Internal Medicine Preceptorship Program
The Texas Chapter of the American College of Physicians is now accepting applications from first- and second-year Texas medical students and from physicians for the summer 2016 General Internal Medicine Statewide Preceptorship Program.
Reenroll in Texas Vaccines for Children Program by Feb. 12
The 2016 reenrollment period for physicians who participate in the Texas Vaccines for Children (TVFC) Program opened on Jan. 25. Remember: You have until Feb. 12 to complete the TVFC Provider Agreement form to remain an active participant in the program.
Don't Miss the Texas Two Step Mass CPR Event Feb. 6
Help the Texas College of Emergency Physicians, HealthCorps, TMA, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and leadership consulting firm MaveRx make history Feb. 6 by joining Texas medical students at the Texas Two Step: How to Save a Life CPR training event. The goal of the free event is to break the world record by teaching 20,000 people in one day to save a life with two simple steps: call 911 and initiate hands-only CPR.
TexMed 2016 Coming to Dallas April 29–30; Register Now
Join us for TexMed 2016, TMA's annual meeting, April 29–30 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, where we will explore Bridging the Gaps in Health Care. TexMed is a free member benefit. Register today, and review the TexMed 2016 Advance Program.
TexMed General Session Stars Bestselling Author, Economist
TMA has secured two prestigious speakers to headline the TexMed 2016 General Session: Marty A. Makary, MD, and Mark G. Dotzour, PhD. This year's conference will take place April 29–30 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.
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