Notes From the IMG World

Winter 2016

Be Dashing in Your Old Hollywood Wardrobe at TMAF’s Evening in Casablanca

Reserve the best seat in the house for TMA Foundation’s 23rd annual benefit gala, As Time Goes By: An Evening in Casablanca, at the Dallas Hilton Anatole hotel. Buy your ticket now to join your friends and colleagues, and be a part of the 500+ physicians and guests expected to attend. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact TMA Foundation at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1664, or (512) 370-1664, or visit www.tmaf.org.

Host City Chairs Lee Ann Pearse, MD, and Einar Vagnes, of Dallas, lead As Time Goes By, held in conjunction with TMA’s TexMed 2016 meeting. You can reserve individual tickets and tables of eight for friends and colleagues for this stylish Moroccan bazaar party, complete with entertainment. 

At the pre-dinner receptions, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the silent auction and buy your chance to participate in a game of Heads or Tails. In the ballroom, you can compete with other bidders in the live auction and donate to the Make-A-Difference drive.  

H-E-B is the evening’s lead sponsor and a longtime patron for TMAF-funded health initiatives aimed at creating a Healthy Now and Healthy Future. A full list of current sponsors is available at www.tmaf.org. Individual tickets are $200 each, or reserve your special VIP access for $250 each. Proceeds from the gala support health and science-focused programs of TMA and the Family of Medicine. 

Come dressed in your glamorous Hollywood attire — deep colors, calf-length dresses, and padded shoulders for the ladies; a dapper suit, slim tie, and a fez-style hat for the men.  

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Physicians: Reenroll in Medicaid by March 24, 2016

The Affordable Care Act requires all Medicaid health professionals to reenroll in the program at least once every five years (some professionals must reenroll more frequently). Physicians are next on the list and most must reenroll by March 24, 2016. However, if you initially enrolled or reenrolled on or after Jan. 1, 2013, you will be required to reenroll by the date indicated on your enrollment letter. 

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Texas Medicaid and Healthcare Partnership (TMHP) have improved the electronic enrollment portal to make it easier for doctors to complete the reenrollment process. (Physicians newly enrolling in Medicaid also can use the portal.) The enhancements apply to applications submitted through the TMHP website on or after April 26, 2015. 

The improved electronic application process allows you to:  

  • Upload supporting documentation;
  • Sign the enrollment agreement electronically (e-sign);
  • Receive guidance as you work on the application and see more accurate error messages to avoid mistakes;
  • Receive instruction on how to upload documents and submit the application using an e-signature; and 
  • Expedite processing of your application by reducing the need for printing and mailing documents.   

For physicians currently enrolled in Medicaid, the portal will pre-populate the application with demographic data pulled from the physician’s current account. 

To be considered fully reenrolled by the March 24, 2016, deadline, physicians must receive verification from TMHP that the application has been approved before that date. It currently takes about 32 days for applications to be processed. Thus, physicians should reenroll early to avoid gaps in enrollment. The reenrollment requirement also applies to physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses. 

To use the online application, you must have a TMHP user account and a user name (portal user ID). Refer to the TMHP Website Security Provider Training Manual for instructions on activating a TMHP user account. For more information about Medicaid provider reenrollment, visit the TMHP provider reenrollment page

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TMA Calls for Poster Abstracts

The TMA Council on Health Care Quality and TMF Health Quality Institute announce the fourth annual TMA Quality Poster Session on April 30 during TexMed 2016 at the Dallas Hilton Anatole. 

The TMA Quality Poster Session is a platform for physicians and medical students to share their breakthroughs and best practices for better patient care, especially in one or more of the six aims of quality care: that it be safe, timely, effective, equitable, efficient, and patient-centered. 

The TMA Quality Poster Session offers physicians a chance to gain exposure, network with Texas physicians, and have their work published. Here are just a few of the many reasons for you to encourage them to participate:    

  • They can present their poster to physicians from across Texas during a continuing medical education event at TexMed 2016.
  • Their abstract will appear on the Texas Medical Association website, which draws more than 75,000 visitors each month.
  • The top three winners in each category receive a cash award.  

Abstract submissions are due no later than March 25, 2016. All accepted poster exhibitors will receive a travel stipend. 

Please pass on the word of this event to colleagues so they can take advantage of this enriching opportunity. For more information, poster parameters, and submission categories, or to see last year’s abstracts, visit the TMA website.  

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Don't Miss the 2016 TMA Winter Conference Jan. 29–30

Don’t miss the 2016 TMA Winter Conference Jan. 29-30 at the Hyatt Regency in Austin. Register for the conference now, and reserve your hotel room at the Hyatt. Visit the TMA website for more information.   

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Do You Know a Minority Medical School Applicant Deserving of a Scholarship?

The TMA Minority Scholarship Program has provided scholarships to qualified, underrepresented minority medical students since 1998. This scholarship supports TMA’s vision, “to improve the health of all Texans,” and its long-standing priority of addressing health disparities.

Please consider reviewing the scholarship’s qualifications and forwarding the online application to those who may benefit. The application deadline is Feb. 15, 2016. Also, consider donating to the TMA Foundation so that all Texas medical schools receive funding for an annual scholarship.

For more information about the scholarship program, email Gail Schatte at TMA, or call her at (512) 370-1600 or (800) 880-1300, ext. 1600. To contact the TMA Foundation, call (512) 370-1664, or (800) 880-1300, ext. 1664.

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 Wanted: Physicians Who Pursue Awesome Hobbies, Passions Outside the Office 

Do you have an interesting (even unique) pursuit you enjoy when you're not in the office? Do you know a TMA member physician colleague who cuts loose on the weekends and lets the creative juices flow, who takes time to serve others in need, or who has a remarkable talent? If you do, TMA's Texas Medicine magazine would like to hear from you. 

The magazine periodically publishes a column called "Back Talk" that features a portrait of a physician enjoying his or her favorite outside-the-office pursuit. (For an example, see page 64 of the September issue.) If you would like to nominate yourself or a physician colleague for possible inclusion in "Back Talk," please email Texas Medicine Editor Crystal Zuzek with the physician's name and contact information, along with a brief description of the physician's pastime.  

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Update Your TMA Online Profile So Referring Colleagues Can Find You

When prospective patients and referring colleagues visit TMA’s online Find a Physician directory (the most frequently visited page on the TMA website) or the DocbookMD mobile app, will they be able to find you? 

“Take a few moments to check the data in your online membership profile  and make any corrections needed,” said Steven L. Cole, DO, chair of the TMA Committee on Membership. “Be sure to confirm your contact information under the Address tab. 

“While you’re at it, click on the Interests tab to tell us exactly which professional topics you need to know the most about,” Dr. Cole continued. “Thanks in advance for helping us keep our membership lists accurate and for helping us use your membership dollars for purposes more worthwhile than shuffling paper.” 

Questions? Contact the TMA Knowledge Center at (800) 880-7955, Monday-Friday, 8:15 am-5:15 pm CT, or email knowledge.texmed.org

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Are You Getting the Most From Your TMA Membership?

Check TMA's return on investment calculator to see what other benefits and services you can tap into. 

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