May 28, 2009

TMA, AMA Plan Stimulus HIT Webinars

TMA and the American Medical Association will sponsor Webinars to help physicians take advantage of the $19 billion for health information technology (HIT) in President Obama's economic stimulus package in June and July.

TMA, AMA Plan Stimulus HIT Webinars
5/27/2009 7:00 PM

May 26, 2009

TMA Outlines Policy Options for Senate

TMA has let the U.S. Senate Finance Committee know where it stands on a wide range of health care policies.

TMA Outlines Policy Options for Senate
5/25/2009 7:00 PM

TMHP Accepts Hurricane Claims

Medicaid physicians who treated evacuees from hurricanes Ike or Dolly may be able to get paid through a special Social Services Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

TMHP Accepts Hurricane Claims
5/25/2009 7:00 PM

May 14, 2009

Make Insurers Keep Their Promises

The nation's largest for-profit health insurers have agreed to change the way they do business because of the class action federal lawsuits that the Texas Medical Association and other medical societies across the country filed against them. However, …

Make Insurers Keep Their Promises
5/13/2009 7:00 PM

Franchise Tax Deadline is Here

Friday, May 15, is the deadline for physicians and other businesses to pay their annual franchise tax.

Franchise Tax Deadline is Here
5/13/2009 7:00 PM

Political Prognosis: The End is Near

With only two weeks left in the 2009 session of the Texas Legislature, both the House and Senate expect to work late into the night every day through the end of the session. However, many bills are likely to die because of a series of deadlines that …

Political Prognosis: The End is Near
5/12/2009 7:00 PM

May 12, 2009

Starting a New Practice?

Whether starting out fresh from a residency program or starting over in an independent practice, a myriad of tasks and important decisions await you.

Starting a New Practice?
5/11/2009 7:00 PM

Coding Resources Free Online for Members

Make sure your coding practices are up to date! Two of the best-selling medical coding books are now available free to TMA members. Available through Stat!Ref, HCPCS Level II 2009 and ICD-9 Vol 1-3, 2009, put the coding information you need at your …

Coding Resources Free Online for Members
5/11/2009 7:00 PM

First Tuesdays Set Record

More than 1,100 physicians, TMA Alliance members, and medical students came to Austin this year to take part in the First Tuesdays at the Capitol program to push for passage of Doctor’s Orders, TMA's legislative agenda.

First Tuesdays Set Record
5/11/2009 7:00 PM

TMA Tool Helps You Find Right EMR

TMA members have overwhelmingly indicated they need help when it comes to health information technology. They specifically want help choosing the right electronic medical record (EMR).

TMA Tool Helps You Find Right EMR
5/11/2009 7:00 PM

Fitness Equals Better TAKS Score

The more physically fit a middle school student is, the better he or she scores on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test, a master of public health student at The University of Texas School of Public Health has found.

Fitness Equals Better TAKS Score
5/4/2009 7:00 PM

May 5, 2009

Swine Flu Resources on the Web

The latest information and resources to help physicians deal with the outbreak of the H1N1, or swine flu, virus are posted on TMA's Swine Flu Resource Center and on the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and …

Swine Flu Resources on the Web

5/3/2009 7:00 PM

May 4, 2009

FTC Delays 'Red Flags' Rules Until August

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted on April 30 to delay until Aug. 1 implementation of its "red flags" regulations that require physicians and others whom the FTC considers "creditors" to develop written policies to prevent identity theft.

FTC Delays 'Red Flags' Rules Until August
5/3/2009 7:00 PM

May 1, 2009

HIT Incentives and Pitfalls: Podcast TMA

To encourage more widespread adoption of health information technology (HIT) in physicians' offices, the federal government is offering incentive payments to Medicare- and Medicaid-participating doctors who demonstrate meaningful use of an electronic medical record (EMR). Congress has earmarked $19 billion in the economic stimulus package to help physicians purchase and implement EMRs. Incentive payments are available from 2011 to 2016, while reductions in Medicare payments begin in 2015 for physicians who fail to implement EMRs.

Download the show now. This installment of podcast TMA addresses making the transition from a paper-based records system to an EMR. The cover story of the May 2009 issue of Texas Medicine magazine takes a look at the impact of HIT on medical practice. Today, Joseph Schneider, MD, a pediatrician, chief medical information officer of the Baylor Health Care System, and chair of TMA's Health Information Technology Committee, and David Fleeger, MD, an Austin colon and rectal surgeon and immediate past chair of TMA's Council on Practice Management Services, discuss what the $19 billion in HIT funding means for Texas physicians. This installment covers:

  • The role of the physician in developing HIT infrastructure and policies;
  • Pitfalls physicians need to be aware of when switching to an EMR;
  • TMA resources that help physicians purchase and implement an EMR; and
  • Advice for physicians who are hesitant to embrace HIT.

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