Standing Up for Texas Doctors

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TMA-Backed Law Prompts Medicaid Red-Tape ReliefApparently, the state got the message loud and clear: Physicians and patients are overly frustrated with the myriad administrative roadblocks that came along with the expansion of Medicaid managed care in Texas. Thanks to TMA's advocacy during the 2013 legislative session and the successful passage of Senate Bill 1150, relief from Medicaid red tape may finally be in sight.
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Congress Passes VA OverhaulCongress has approved a widespread overhaul of the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs. TMA has been calling on the nation's leaders to clear existing bureaucratic landmines — slow payment and lack of interaction between the VA and the private sector, for instance — so private-sector physicians can help get veterans the timely care they need. Sign up today.
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TMA Asks Feds for Emergency Halt of EHR RulesIn a letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, the TMA Ad Hoc Committee on Health Information Technology requests emergency suspension of the electronic health record requirement that physicians use a certified patient portal.

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Healthy Vision 2020TMA Board of Trustees releases strategic roadmap for TMA's state and federal advocacy initiatives for the remainer of the decade. What do you think? Are these your priorities?

Timely Practice Topic: Technology

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Technology Resources from TMADoes your EHR meet stage two meaningful use requirements? Is your practice HIPAA-compliant? Do you have a plan for patient engagement? The tools and information provided in the HIT Resource Center can help you address these and other questions, so you’re better able to navigate the challenge of integrating technology into your practice.
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EHR Implementation GuideSuccessfully implementing health information technology into a practice can yield improvements in both quality of patient care and practice profitability. TMA's EHR Implementation Guide provides a nontechnical view of the steps for the successful introduction of HIT, emphasizing the needs of smaller practices. This is free to physicians through support from The Physicians Foundation.
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Free HIPAA-Secure Communication ToolDesigned by physicians, for physicians, DocbookMD is a HIPAA-secure application for Apple and Android smartphones and tablets that allows physicians and their care teams to send and receive HIPAA-compliant messages bundled with photos of x-rays, EKGs, wounds, and more — just as if they were sending a text. Download the app today.
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Technology Education To GoAccess the latest CME on HIPAA security, meaningful use, and mobile technologies for your practice in the TMA Education Center. All courses are on-demand and at your fingertips. TMA members: sign in to receive exclusive discounted rates.

The Information Texas Doctors Need

  • 7 Employment Tips

    A good contract by definition is one that is fair and reasonable and is a win-win situation for everyone involved. But how do physicians ensure they are getting a good contract before agreeing to work for a hospital or group practice? Health care attorney Norman Jeddeloh shared these seven essential pointers at the American Medical Association 2014 Annual Meeting: 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. See background information, regulations, penalties and incentives, and suggested steps to help you meet the compliance date. READ MORE
  • In the Spotlight

    Shot Clinic at Fall Conference

    Flu vaccinations, plus Tdap and MMR, will be available during TMA’s Fall Conference. Stop by the foyer of the Hyatt Lost Pines between 7:45 am and 9 am on Saturday, Sept. 13. Reserve your vaccination, payable onsite, when you register for the conference. The event is sponsored by TMA’s Committee on Infectious Diseases and TMA’s Be Wise — ImmunizeSM. READ MORE

Education & Events

  • TMA 2014 Fall Conference

    Sept. 12-13 — Bastrop
    Join your colleagues for the 2014 Fall Conference at Hyatt Lost Pines, 30 minutes outside of downtown Austin. The TMA Fall Conference provides an opportunity for physicians to conduct TMA business, obtain CME and network with peers. Register today. Don’t miss out!

  • Complying With HIPAA and Texas Privacy Laws

    Aug. 27, Noon - 1 pm
    The Texas Privacy Law offers more stringent regulations for protected health information (PHI) than its federal counterparts, HIPAA and the HITECH Act. This live webinar provides an overview of HIPAA compliance and answers frequently asked questions.

  • HIPAA SECURITY: THE KEYS TO COMPLIANCE

    Sept. 9 - Oct. 1, Statewide
    TMA’s new seminar will give you an overview of the HIPAA Security compliance rules and explore techniques you can use to identify and address any HIPAA deficiencies in your practice. This is a perfect opportunity for you and your staff to jump ahead of the curve on HIPAA Security readiness.

  • PUBLICATION

    HIPAA Security
    Using practical, real-world, and relevant case studies, HIPAA Security: Compliance and Case Studies explains how to develop your plan to avoid penalties and other costly mistakes.