Standing Up for Texas Doctors

Docs Under Siege
Agency Can't Use Big Hammer for Minor MistakesA state appeals court and the Texas Sunset Commission have struck major blows to the Texas Health & Human Services investigative framework. Judges invalidated rules that allowed the agency to place payment holds on Medicaid physicians for non-fraudulent program violations. Sunset declared that "unintentional technical, clerical, or administrative errors" are not fraud
December 2014 TM cover
Physicians Volunteer to Care for Young and Old Crossing the BorderWhen U.S. Border Patrol facilities were overwhelmed with Central American refugees, state officials expressed the fear of disease outbreaks along the border. But physicians who volunteered to help treat undocumented immigrants say most of the travelers suffered little more than fatigue and mosquito bites. (From December's Texas Medicine.)
Moy, Strate, and Klawitter at Podium
Healthy Vision 2020, 2nd EditionTMA Board of Trustees releases updated strategic roadmap for TMA's state and federal advocacy initiatives for the remainder of the decade. "Our government must make it easier — not more difficult — for us to care for our patients," says TMA President Austin King, MD.
Joe Todd at Capitol
Medicine Seeks Significant Changes to RAC AuditsThe American Medical Association cites "bounty hunter-like tactics" and a two-year backlog of Medicare and Medicaid appeals in a letter urging the feds to make significant changes to the Recovery Audit Program (RAC). Auditors should be subject to financial penalties for inaccurate audit findings, and physicians should receive interest when they win on appeal of a RAC audit.

Timely Practice Topic: Medicare

Back Office
All Things Medicare

Need help with Medicare payment or coding? Looking for information about Medicare enrollment, participation options, or new provisions in the Affordable Care Act? Visit the TMA Medicare Resource Center; we can help!

 

Practice Help Technology
Medicare 2015 SeminarTMA's annual Medicare update returns with a view of the lasting impact on Medicare physicians' day-to-day operations for 2015. How will quality-based payment will affect you? What's on the radar for compliance and audits under Medicare Part B? Register today for the live program or to view the Feb. 25 webcast. (3.25 hrs. CME; 2.25 Ethics) Use code EPROMO to receive an additional $20 off.
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Success With Self AuditsPhysicians and experts agree — the best line of defense against a potential audit by an insurer or Medicare Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) is regular self-audits. Learn how to conduct a self-audit, what to do with your findings, and how to obtain buy-in for corrective actions with this highly-rated, on-demand TMA webinar. (1 hr. CME; 1 Ethics; 1 TMLT)
Dan McCoy - Medicare Meltdown News Conference
Stop the Medicare Meltdown!The annual showdown with Congress to stop double-digit cuts to Medicare payments for physicians continues. See recommendations from TMA and the Coalition of State Medical Societies for how lawmakers should respond to this ongoing threat.

The Information Texas Doctors Need

  • Hydrocodone Switch

    We answer your frequently asked questions. On Oct. 6, 2014, the US Drug Enforcement Administration reclassified drugs that contain hydrocodone combinations from Schedule III to Schedule II. What does it mean for you and your patients? READ MORE
  • Our Fearless Leader

    TMA President Austin King, MD, is traveling the state to stand up for medicine. Let him know what you think -- or watch the video of his installation address -- on the President's Page. READ MORE
  • Deadlines for Doctors

    Between caring for patients, insurance company demands, government regulations, and the latest medical technology, there are never enough hours in a day. That's why TMA developed Deadlines for Doctors, a tool giving you and your staff a big-picture view of upcoming state and federal compliance timelines and key health policy issues that impact Texas physicians. READ MORE
  • In the Spotlight

    TMA Twitter Academy Opens

    Want to get started using Twitter, especially for health care advocacy? Here's the place to start: Four basic video lessons, lists of Twitter users to follow, and links to Twitter tools and apps. READ MORE

Education & Events

  • LEADING YOUR CLINICAL TEAM

    New TMA Publication
    In today’s world of decreasing payments, the clinical side of a medical practice needs to be managed as efficiently as possible. Institute new efficiencies and you'll find additional resources – most likely leading to new-found profits.

  • TMA 2015 Winter Conference

    Jan. 30-31, 2015 — Austin
    "Leading the Way Through Crisis and Change"
    Texas physicians unite during crisis and change to improve the health of all Texans. Join the conversation and your colleagues to collaborate and learn more about the 2015 legislative session as well as changes in the health care landscape.

  • Medicare 2015 Seminar

    Feb. 3 – Feb. 25 – Statewide
    In March 2014, Congress extended the ubiquitous Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) patch until March 31, 2015. Now 2015 brings a direct and lasting impact on Medicare physicians’ day-to-day operations: Value-based purchasing for some practices will begin, and there is no turning back. Use code EPROMO to receive an additional $20 off.

  • First Tuesdays at the Capitol

    Feb. 3 - March 3 - April 7 - May 5
    First Tuesdays at the Capitol returns, and the Family of Medicine needs YOU! The "White Coat Invasion" has been the key to physicians' successes in the Texas Legislature for more than a decade. Register today.