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    TMA staff includes expert coders, reimbursement specialists, and other certified professionals who provide everything from hands-on practice consulting services, to personalized reimbursement assistance for your payment problems. With this array of services designed exclusively for TMA members and their staff, as well as helpful tools and educational resources, TMA can help you manage the business side of your practice and keep you up to date in the changing health care environment. Read More

Practice Help Articles

  • PQRS
    PQRS: Report 2015 Data Now to Avoid 2017 PenaltiesIf you plan to participate in Medicare's Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and value-based payment modifier (VBM) programs for the 2015 performance period, now is the time to submit your data on quality measures. Depending on the reporting mechanism used, deadlines vary from February through March 2016.
  • Meaningful Use Program
    Apply for Meaningful Use Hardship Exception by March 15 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.
  • Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances
    EPCS Permitted in TexasThe start of the New Year is a good time to remind you of a Texas law that permits physicians to electronically prescribe controlled substances. If you regularly write prescriptions for controlled substances, you may find value in upgrading your technology to comply with the federal and state regulations.
  • HIPAA
    TMA Membership Perk: HIPAA Security Compliance HelpEven though the HIPAA Omnibus Rule passed more than two years ago, HIPAA security compliance remains a top issue and concern for TMA members. To help, TMA Practice Consulting is now offering members discounted access to a new tool that can assist with HIPAA security compliance issues.
  • Medicaid
    Medicaid Reenrollment Deadline Pushed to Sept. 25Physicians 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."
  • Legal
    Pain Rules Are a Pain for DoctorsProponents of the revised chronic pain rules touted them as a step specifically to crack down on the proliferation of pill mills. Some argued the old chronic pain rules were merely guidelines, rather than requirements. For physicians treating chronic pain, the revised rules make it clear compliance is not optional. But after just a few months of attempting to follow the beefed-up requirements, some physicians involved in pain management say adhering to the revised rules is already a burden on practices.
  • Marketing
    Reaching Patients Across the WebBeyond those do's and don'ts, doctors have a lot more to think about when building a modern online presence for their practice. The explosion of social media and the expectations of frequently refreshed content have changed the rules for physicians and practices looking to market themselves and bolster their online reputation. Just as static websites have become a relatively archaic part of the online equation, the marketing expectations for physician and practice websites have changed substantially.
  • Vendors
    Free Vendor Guide for MembersTMA's Practice Vendor Guide is a comprehensive listing of companies that provide products and services to medical practice professionals. You can use this guide as a reference when seeking reputable practice management resources throughout the year! When contacting any of the companies listed, be sure to let them know you found them through the TMA Practice Vendor Guide!

CME Publication

EMTALA

Legal and Ethical Duties of Physicians in EDs 
This publication uses a combination of legal sources and ethics opinions to provide an overview of state and federal patient transfer laws and EMTALA.
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