Feb 28, 2010
Feb 26, 2010
Feb 24, 2010
Physician assistants can't hire their bosses and it's not safe for chiropractors to perform and interpret vestibular diagnostic tests. Those are the patient safety and scope of practice messages TMA delivered to state regulators in February.
Feb 22, 2010
Williamson County is the healthiest county in Texas, according to the County Health Rankings the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released in mid-February.
Feb 12, 2010
TMA has compiled resources on its Web site to help physicians comply with changes to the privacy and security requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
Texas physicians' use of health information technology continues to rise, according to the 2009 TMA Electronic Medical Record (EMR) survey. The survey measured physicians' utilization of office technologies such as EMRs, e-prescribing, and health information exchanges.
April 1 is the deadline for physicians who agree to practice in Health Professional Shortage Areas to apply for assistance in repaying their medical school loans under the state Physician Education Loan Repayment Program.
Word out of Washington is that Congress likely will repeat history and put another short-term patch on the leaky Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula rather than devise a long-term fix for physicians' Medicare payments. That means physicians may avoid the 21-percent cut in fees scheduled for March 1 for a few more months.
Feb 9, 2010
A volunteer-based program that embodies TMA's tagline, 'Physicians caring for Texans' was recognized at TMA's Winter Conference in January when the Volunteer Physicians of New Braunfels received the 2010 TMA Foundation John P. McGovern Champion of Health Award.
May 18 and May 22 are key dates physicians need to keep in mind in the proposed settlement of the American Medical Association's lawsuit against United Healthcare over United's system for determining 'usual, customary, and reasonable' (UCR) charges.
Feb 8, 2010
Fee for service medicine has been under attack for decades. Insurers and employers have tried HMOs, capitation, pay for performance, and bundled payments to control health care spending or improve health outcomes. All have had little or no success.
Now, a new health care delivery model is gaining national attention. Accountable care organizations, or ACOs, are collaborations between hospitals and physicians that assume full responsibility for all care of patients. Some have described ACOs as bundled payments, medical homes, and quality reporting all rolled into one.
In an ACO, physicians and other health care professionals have financial incentives to contain costs and improve quality by coordinating care for a specific group of patients. If they achieve quality and savings, the physicians and others in the ACO share the savings. If they don’t, they could take a finance hit.
But is ACO model really a viable effort to control cost and improve quality or is it just a new dress on an old pig? The February cover story in Texas Medicine asked that question.
In this installment of Podcast TMA, Stephen Ozanne, MD, president of the Dallas County Medical Society, and Spencer Berthelsen, MD, chair of the Kelsey-Seybold Medical Group, a large multispecialty group in the Houston area, discuss the pros and cons of accountable care organizations.
This installment covers:
- How ACOs different from other care delivery models that were designed to cut cost and improve quality.
- Why Congress and private institutions are pushing for rapid adoption of ACOs.
- Reaction of Dallas-Fort Worth area physicians to plans by Baylor Health Care System to become an ACOP.
- The likelihood that other Texas hospitals systems will move toward the ACO model.
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Thanks to any TMA physicians who helped with this survey.
Last week, during the fever pitch surrounding the announcement of Apple’s iPad tablet, Software Advice surveyed 178 physicians, nurses, medical students and health care IT professionals about what the healthcare industry’s ideal tablet would look like. This isn’t our first time talking tablets and healthcare. In April of last year, we wondered if the Apple tablet would become the ideal device to run electronic health record (EMR) software.
Our goal with this survey: Find out what healthcare professionals want in a tablet and how well Apple’s iPad fulfills those wants. Let’s see what we found out from our survey results:
Feb 2, 2010
Feb 1, 2010
Texas Medical Association offers free EMR Implementation Guide - just updated. Plus you can earn up to three hours of continuing medical education credit for reading it.
Successfully implementing HIT into an office practice can bring improvements in both quality of patient care and practice profitability. The implementation guide offers a nontechnical view of the steps necessary for the successful introduction of HIT with an emphasis on the needs of smaller practices. This publication will walk you through the process of acquiring and learning to use HIT.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost