Standing Up for Texas Doctors

Medicare
TMA Says Future Medicare Requirements Are Wasteful, CostlyTMA  is "very concerned that many of the compliance, documentation, and reporting requirements that will be implemented in the future Medicare system are wasteful, costly, and do little or nothing to improve care quality or increase efficiency," TMA President Tom Garcia, MD, told CMS.
Coding
Medicaid Officials Seek TMA Input on Red-Tape ReliefPhysicians and patients are sick and tired of the myriad administrative roadblocks that came along with the expansion of Medicaid managed care in Texas and the toll they take on access to care. Thanks to relentless advocacy by TMA's Medicaid Congress and cooperation from new Medicaid leadership, relief may finally be in sight.
Jan 2016 Texas Medicine Cover
Pain Rules Are a Pain for DoctorsAfter just a few months of attempting to follow the beefed-up Texas Medical Board rules for the treatment of chronic pain, some physicians involved in pain management say adhering to the revised rules is already a burden on practices.
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TMA: Marriage, Family Therapists Can't Diagnose

In a brief filed with the Texas Supreme Court, TMA argues the plain meaning of the Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Act doesn't include diagnosis. "The common, ordinary meaning of the words used in the statute and the accepted definition of diagnosis do not provide authority for marriage and family therapists to diagnose mental disorders or for MFT board to adopt a rule authorizing them to do so," TMA's brief states.

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The Information Texas Doctors Need

  • Hydrocodone Switch

    We answer your top questions about the DEA move to reclassify drugs that contain hydrocodone combinations from Schedule III to Schedule II. 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. TMA's Deadlines for Doctors gives you and your staff a big-picture view of upcoming state and federal compliance timelines. READ MORE
  • Spotlight

    Apply for Meaningful Use Hardship Exception by March 15 
    Act quickly to make sure you don't get an unfair Medicare cut. In December, Congress adopted the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act, which allows one Meaningful Use hardship exception form for individual physicians and groups. You have until March 15 to apply. READ MORE

Education & Events

  • TexMed 2016

    April 29-30, Dallas
    Registration is now open for our annual meeting, this year in Dallas at the Hilton Anatole. We have it all: the TMA House of Delegates, CME classes, the great Expo Hall, social events, and great camaraderie. Join us!

  • New 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. Additionally, physician readers will gain insight into the most common on-call questions and myths.

  • Updated CME Publication

    Employment Contracts for Physicians
    Are you a physician thinking about accepting an employment relationship? Whether you are just starting your practice or making a career-changing move, discover in detail how to evaluate contractual arrangements so you can achieve and protect your best interest. Updated December 2015.

  • NEW ON DEMAND WEBINAR

    Frontiers in Type 2 Diabetes: The Role of Nutrition in Health
    This course is designed to increase physicians’ knowledge about nutrition and provide tools to help them counsel and educate patients about the critical role that nutrition plays in preventing and managing type 2 diabetes.