Jun 29, 2013

Act Now to Get Medicaid Fee Increase

Later this year, Texas will increase Medicaid payments to Medicare parity for two years — retroactive to Jan. 1, 2013 — for select primary care services provided by primary care physicians and related subspecialists. However, to benefit from the fee increase, you must submit a signed self-attestation form to the state's Medicaid claims payer, the Texas Medicaid and Healthcare Partnership.

The state has not set a deadline for returning attestation forms but will do so in the coming months. (Physicians who return the attestation form after the deadline will not be eligible for increases retroactive to Jan. 1, 2013, though they will be eligible for higher payments through the end of 2014.) If you are eligible, attest early to ensure the state receives your paperwork.

See who's eligible and how to attest.

Jun 25, 2013

TMA Challenges Dentists' Sleep Apnea Rule

Dentists should not independently diagnose and treat sleep apnea because they are not trained to do so, TMA told officials of the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners. "It is beyond the scope of practice of dentistry in Texas to diagnose a medical disease or disorder, including a sleep disorder, or to independently treat such disorder once diagnosed," TMA President Stephen L. Brotherton, MD, said in a letter to the board's executive director.

Read more.

Jun 24, 2013

TMA Helps You Meet New Meaningful Use Rules

Physicians participating in the Medicare or Medicaid meaningful use incentive programs will have to meet increasingly more difficult criteria in 2014 when stage 2 begins. The new requirements will apply to physicians who started the meaningful use program in either 2011 or 2012. Those who began in 2013 won't move to stage 2 until 2015. There are some significant changes for stage 2 meaningful use, thus TMA offers a two-page snapshot of the criteria physicians should review as they prepare.

Read more.

Jun 19, 2013

"We Got Results"

The 2013 regular session of the Texas Legislative delivered some amazing results for Texas patients and their physicians.

This TMA Legislative News Hotline for June 19, 2013, summarizes the action. Legislators passed quite a few key health care-related bills that are good for Texas patients and physicians, as described by TMA's Darren Whitehurst and the TMA lobby team.

Read more in this special issue of TMA's Action newsletter.

Jun 16, 2013

Regina, Sue, Joe, and More ...

 ... Images from the opening two days of the 2013 Annual Session of the American Medical Association House of Delegates in Chicago. At least the Texas perspective.


U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, visits with Dallas
pediatrician Carolyn Evans, MD
We're excited, too!
Susan Rudd Bailey, MD, of Fort Worth is unanimously
reelected vice speaker of the AMA House of Delegates
Austin anesthesiologist Joe Annis, MD (right) squares off against
Maryland's Robert Wah, MD, in the debate between the two
candidates for AMA president-elect.
Will Bradley, MD, of Mansfield chairs the Reference Committee on AMA Constitution and Bylaws Les Secrest, MD, of Dallas serves
on the Reference Committee
on Legislation
David Lichtman, MD, of Fort Worth
serves on the Reference Committee
on Medical Education

Gary Floyd, MD, of Fort Worth testifies for a Texas resolution
calling on AMA to identify the pros, cons, and costs of the
Patient Protection and Accountable Care Act.

Jun 14, 2013

Texas Students Win AMA Posts

Left to right: Janning, Coffee, Chhabra

(CHICAGO) Congratulations to three Texas medical students who won positions on the Region 3 Board for the American Medical Association Medical Student Section.

Kaitlin Janning, the new Region 3 secretary, and Elizabeth Coffee, the membership chair, are both students at the Texas A&M College of Medicine. Divya Chhabra, the new community service chair, attends the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

All three are rising second-year students.