Apr 30, 2009

TMA Posts EMR Comparison Tool

TMA and its TMA Council on Practice Management Services and ad hoc Committee on Health Information Technology have posted a comparison tool physicians can use in selecting electronic medical records (EMR).

TMA Posts EMR Comparison Tool
4/29/2009 7:00 PM

Apr 27, 2009

Nobel Laureate Joins Cancer Institute

Nobel Prize winner Alfred Gilman, MD, PHD, dean of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, has accepted the position of chief scientific officer for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.

Nobel Laureate Joins Cancer Institute
4/24/2009 7:00 PM

Medicaid Matters

Here's what's happening in the Texas Medicaid program this month:

Medicaid Matters
4/24/2009 7:00 PM

DSHS Proposes HIV/STD Reporting Changes

State health officials are seeking comments on proposed changes to rules for reporting cases of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases.  They say the changes will improve the timeliness and completeness of reporting and streamline the public health …

DSHS Proposes HIV/STD Reporting Changes
4/19/2009 7:00 PM

Apr 20, 2009

TMA Physicians Appointed to TMB

Four TMA-member physicians are among Gov. Rick Perry's seven appointments to the Texas Medical Board.

TMA Physicians Appointed to TMB
4/16/2009 7:00 PM

Red Flags Audio Conference April 16

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) "red flags" regulations [PDF] that require physicians to develop written identity theft prevention programs will be the subject of a TMA Learn @ Lunch audio conference from 11:45 am to 1 pm, CDT, April 16.

Red Flags Audio Conference April 16
4/14/2009 7:00 PM

Apr 14, 2009

Blue Cross to Can Ratings Scheme

BlueCross and BlueShield of Texas told Attorney General Greg Abbott earlier this month it will stop using the controversial Risk Adjusted Cost Index (RACI) tool to rate physicians performance in its BlueChoice Solutions program. The company also pledged …

Blue Cross to Can Ratings Scheme
4/13/2009 7:00 PM

DSHS Improving Death Registration

State health department officials say physician complaints are prompting them to change the Texas Electronic Death Registration system.

DSHS Improving Death Registration
4/13/2009 7:00 PM

Last First Tuesdays Event Coming Up

May 5 is your last chance to take part in the First Tuesdays at the Capitol program during the 2009 legislative session.

Last First Tuesdays Event Coming Up
4/13/2009 7:00 PM

Political Prognosis: Session's Time Running Out

It's getting to the point in the Texas Legislature where time dwindles and pressure increases exponentially daily. With fewer than 50 days left in the 2009 session, observers say that hundreds, if not thousands, of bills could die this week when their …

Political Prognosis: Session's Time Running Out
4/13/2009 7:00 PM

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Apr 11, 2009

TMA Backs Rescinding 'Conscience' Rule

TMA, AMA, and state medical societies across the country support the Obama administration's plan to rescind a federal rule that prohibits recipients of federal funds from forcing physicians and other health care professionals to participate in actions …

TMA Backs Rescinding 'Conscience' Rule
4/8/2009 7:00 PM

CMS Wants PQRI Reporting Options

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is accepting suggestions for options to report quality data for possible inclusion in the 2010 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative until 4 pm CDT on April 17.

CMS Wants PQRI Reporting Options
4/8/2009 7:00 PM

Challenged by Overhead Costs?

If your practice is like many today, rising overhead costs combine with falling revenues to erode your bottom line. It may be time for TMA Practice Consulting to take a hard look at your practice's efficiency, expenses, and cost structure.

Challenged by Overhead Costs?(1)
4/8/2009 7:00 PM

DSHS Posts Rotavirus Information

The Texas Department of State Health Services has posted new Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations for administering the Rotarix® vaccine to prevent rotavirus gastroenteritis

DSHS Posts Rotavirus Information
4/8/2009 7:00 PM

Apr 10, 2009

When Hospitals Play Doctor

What happens when a hospital starts telling doctors how to practice medicine? What happened when the corporate bosses took over a local emergency room? Dr. Jim Cox tells us, in this video. Protect physician clinical autonomy. Your physician must be accountable to YOU, not the corporate bottom line. Get involved: visit www.MeAndMyDoctor.com.

Apr 2, 2009

New Medicaid Women's Benefits

Starting April 1, the state Medicaid Women's Health Program is offering new benefits.

New Medicaid Women's Benefits
3/31/2009 7:00 PM

United Physician Ratings Go Public

UnitedHealthcare made the physician ratings under its Premium Designation program public on its member Web site, www.myuhc.com, on April 1.

United Physician Ratings Go Public
3/30/2009 7:00 PM

Apr 1, 2009

Achieving Quality and Patient Safety - Podcast TMA

Shortly after she was installed as president of the Texas Medical Association in 2008, Josie R. Williams, MD, directed the TMA Councils on Scientific Affairs and Socioeconomics to conduct a case studies report on quality improvement and patient safety initiatives in Texas. The report profiled a dozen different initiatives being conducted in a variety of practice settings from rural solo practitioners to large metropolitan hospital systems.

Download the show. For the cover story in the April issue of Texas Medicine, we took a look at the case studies report and interviewed many of the physicians profiled in it. Those physicians said four key themes are critical to any successful quality improvement initiative—a commitment to quality, a philosophy of teamwork, an attitude of change, and tracking, measure, and reporting data. In this installment of Podcast TMA, Dr. Williams and Don Kennerly, MD, vice president for patient safety for the Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, discuss the case studies report and why they believe all physicians should become involved continuous quality improvement efforts. This installment covers:

  • Why Dr. Williams initiated the case studies report.
  • What Baylor Health Care System and other participants in the report have learned from their initiatives.
  • Why it is critical for physicians to embrace tracking, measure, and reporting quality data in their practices.

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